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Government regulation and conscience

You remember how for decades the tobacco mega-industry ran rough-shod over the medical profession, government health offices, cancer sufferers and anyone else who objected. Their product tasted good like (they

A Pastoral Message Columns

The definition of marriage and the 2015 Synod

Marriage and family life have shaped the church and civilizations for years. Marriage and family life are central to the church and to all societies. They are the key elements

Columns That All May Be One

The historic Nostra Aetate Conference

Last month I had the privilege to attend the historic gathering at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington that brought together leaders and scholars from the Catholic, Jewish

As I See It Columns

Laudato Si’ and Romano Guardini

In 1986, after serving in a variety of capacities in the Jesuit province of Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced doctoral studies in Germany. The focus of his research was the

Columns Growing in Faith

Report from the Theological Society convention

The Catholic Theological Society of America held their annual June convention in Milwaukee, Wis. Being invited to participate in this year’s meeting was fortuitous, as I have recently accepted a

Columns Growing in Faith Understanding Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ thoughts on ‘human ecology’

The pope’s highly anticipated encyclical on “human ecology” is set to be published shortly. The rumors are that its release date is being planned so as to ensure circulation and

As I See It Columns

Looking forward to Pope Francis’ encyclical

Has there ever been as much anticipation for a papal pronouncement as there is now for the encyclical of Pope Francis? It is partly due to the popularity of the

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Solar power and moral leadership

A letter writer to the Inquirer recently spoke against solar power for clean and unlimited electricity for autos. He said that would only move the pollution from where people live

Columns Growing in Faith

Rerum Novarum, the first papal social encyclical

Veronica Scarisbrick recently interviewed Dominican Father Alejandro Crosthwaite for Vatican Radio in a fascinating exchange about Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum. Crosthwaite is Professor of Catholic Social Thought

Columns Wake Up the World – 2015 Year of Consecrated Life

My religious life has made me incredibly rich

When I understood that God was calling me to be a sister, I was elated with joy and happiness. I fell in love with Christ and began to burn with