Commentary

Gospel of Capra

This year the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” hit closer to home than ever for Managing Editor Paul McMullen.
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The challenge of John Chau

Say what you want about his prudence. I will speak of him with honor.
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Greatest gifts

The weeks leading up to Christmas are their own gift, offering a time for us to ready our hearts and consider the enormity of the real miracle of Christmas.
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Everyone’s story

Christmas reminds us that God, as Christ, has entered our world again in person to let us know that God never abandons us, that evil ultimately will not triumph.
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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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Time and presence

Pope Francis often tells us to accompany one another on the bumpy road of life. He means that we need to focus, not on ourselves, but on the other. This is what the gift of presence means.
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Children of all ages

Kevin Parks, Catholic Review visual journalist, reflects on some recent assignments that bring the preciousness of life and joy into focus.
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Say an Ave there for me

What many Americans may still not realize is that Ireland is embracing the culture of death with a zeal and gusto that few other countries -- even traditionally secularized ones -- would be so foolish as to imitate.
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Path for reform goes through Rome

Rome does indeed move slowly, but the U.S. bishops, who are clearly feeling the pressure from their people, are committed to applying pressure of their own.
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A century after the Armistice

The Great War destroyed Western confidence in traditional authorities and bred a deep skepticism of, and even contempt for, “the great and the good” that remains a factor in our public life.
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Archbishop Lori outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

We cannot allow the shame of the devastating failings we now confront to cause us to pause or in any way delay the essential work of the church — sharing God’s love, forgiveness and healing as we work also to promote common understanding, acceptance and mutual respect in a troubled world.
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