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Columns On Behalf of Justice

Our national flaws, exposed but ignored

Irving Berlin in 1918 wrote the second verse of “God Bless America,” asking God to “mend thine every flaw.” Believers have sung this quasi-anthem in church on patriotic feasts whether

Columns Growing in Faith

Christianity and socio-political controversies in Hong Kong

While attending a World Catholicism Week event at DePaul University recently, I heard a fascinating presentation by Justin K.H. Tse, a professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern

As I See It Columns

The loss of one of today’s titans of industry

As the Philadelphia and South Jersey region either celebrates or braces for the NFL Draft, depending on your perspective (and address!), it is undeniable that football is today a national

Columns That All May Be One

The Risen Christ, hope and inspiration of all who believe

It’s sad that my columns that surround two of the most sacred and joyous feasts in the Christian calendar this year, Christmas and now Easter, are marred by the necessity

Church Columns Growing in Faith

The Risen Jesus is present in the sacraments

Peace in the Risen Lord. This salutation reflects the first words Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night of his resurrection as well as the following Sunday: “Peace be

Columns Life & Justice Ministries

This Earth Day, care for God’s creation

What’s your favorite natural place on Earth? When I ask this question during talks I give around the diocese, you can probably guess the one answer I hear the most

Columns Growing in Faith

When we want to rewrite Scripture

In preparation for Holy Week this year, I have been re-reading “A Prophetic Voice in the City” by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (1927-2012). Cardinal Martini was a biblical scholar most

Columns Growing in Faith

A second grade lesson worth remembering

As a child, I recall being taught by Sister Celestine to give up something for Lent. The whole class of second graders, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, gave up various sweets

Church Columns

Mass unites the Christian community

Recently somebody asked me, “Father, is it enough to watch Mass on TV?” My response was: “If one is sick, cannot get a ride to church or is at great

Columns That All May Be One

The church’s loss of a faithful and talented son

The ecumenical and interreligious community and the wider church in the United States lost a faithful and talented son with the death last week of His Eminence William Cardinal Keeler.