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An insider’s reflections on the Synod

This week I had a lengthy conversation with a participant in the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment. A candidate in the last stages of

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Saint Romero and the ‘political dimension of the Faith’

Years ago I read a fascinating article written by a government official in El Salvador which traced the way political parties — on both the left and right — had

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Pope’s letter to Catholics in China, and everywhere

Regardless of how much or little you know about the current controversy in China surrounding the recognition of Catholic bishops and the tense situation with the government there, I urge

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A time to remember Cardinal Avery Dulles

Aug. 24, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., who was born during the First World War in upstate New York. His father, great-grandfather

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Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

Shortly before this paper went to press, and with relatively little fanfare, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Constitution this week entitled, “Episcopalis Communio,” in which he updated some elements of

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An antidote to tribalism and accusations

I recently attended a dialogue session held by a former archdiocesan official here in Chicago about the current devastating situation in the Catholic Church. While it is necessary that I

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We are stewards, not landlords, of this earth

Sometimes when a decision confronts us, it’s expected that we as Christians would turn to the church for advice. Issues of human sexuality, or end of life care, or rapid

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The best response is prayer and fasting

Saint Paul uses the unity of the human body to teach us about the unity of the Church with Christ Jesus. The baptized form one body with Christ their Head.

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Our lives are endless conversion experiences

Being an ecclesiologist these days is a difficult gig. Hours after the flurry of recent activity involving the American and universal church, I had to stand in front of a

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From vulnerability comes strength

This is the third and final in a series of columns by the author about his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and his experience with depression. Every day is Christmas