Behind the Headlines

A year ahead of election, breathe deeply

Christopher Gunty offers five strategies to get through this election cycle without destroying our democracy.
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Deacon created shepherd’s crosier for Bishop Brennan

Bishop Brennan's new crosier was crafted by a longtime friend who imagined what King David's crosier may have looked like.
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Did Apollo 11 mission make Archbishop Borders bishop of the moon?

In 1969 he led the Diocese of Orlando, which included the launching pad for the historic Apollo 11 mission.
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‘Yesterday,’ today and forever

The Good News that Jesus brought us is timeless – more timeless even than musical classics such as “Yesterday” or “The Long and Winding Road.”
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‘Infinite sadness’ marks the loss of grand Cathedral of Notre Dame

I’ve visited the grand cathedral a few times since the late 1990s. It is an impressive place to visit and to pray.
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Kittens and babies

Some legislators – at the state and federal level – are so afraid of anything that acknowledges the humanity of an unborn child that they cannot imagine granting any kind of protection, even when it should be obvious.
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‘Unplanned’ isn’t fun to watch, but it’s necessary viewing

It’s an important movie that will challenge your thinking, even if you already consider yourself pro-life.
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A new year, a fresh start

A lot of the typical resolutions have more to do with our exterior than our interior. I’d like to suggest a few resolutions that might improve your spirit and your mind.
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Bishops stymied in response to abuse

We all wanted some definitive answers by now. God willing, February and June – the next U.S. bishops meeting – will bring the remedies that victim-survivors of sexual abuse, and the whole church, desperately need. 
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Learning from our stumbles

It’s time now for those of us in the church to funnel our anger and frustration into helping the victims and the church to heal. The church may have stumbled and fallen along the way when it comes to protecting children and vulnerable adults. God willing, we have learned from our falls and our failures. 
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Time for action on gun violence

“Thoughts and prayers” are an appropriate, initial, compassionate response to any tragedy, including the death of innocents at a concert, church or school. But a solution requires action. And the time for action is now. 
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Living Biblically

If “Living Biblically” can get people thinking and talking about living a life of faith, it might be a good thing, overall. For now, CBS has ordered 13 episodes, and the producers hope it gets picked up for a second season.
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