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Pope Francis and the free market

How do you feel about this statement concerning big, national economies and how nations do business? “[S]ome people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by

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The Holy Family and true ownership of things

We recently saw here how the Lord’s Prayer showed the Lord’s proud attachment to his Jewish roots. We did this with the hope that any and all anti-Semitic prejudices and

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Christianity was founded by an observant Jew

I imagine we older Catholics could be forgiven if we presumed Jesus was a Catholic like us. After all, he started us off by giving Peter a new identity as

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Listen to the pope and protect the environment

Does anybody really know what time it is? Ask someone from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and they will tell you the doomsday clock is at three minutes to

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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

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Scripture tells us we all are sinners

What do you see in common with these inspired texts from both testaments? — 1 Kings 8, 46f and 2 Chronicles 6, 36f: “When they sin against you (for there

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Islands don’t need insurance, but people do

Anglican divine and British poet John Donne said it 500 years ago: “No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of

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Pray and work for human life and social justice

Catholics last November voted 52 percent for Donald Trump and 48 for Hillary Clinton. Contrary to the “fake news” that said Pope Francis endorsed the former because he claimed a

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Anger as a factor in the presidential election

Most of the post-election coverage we have seen began with how unexpected its result was. What happened to the vast polling industry, so sophisticated, so knowledgeable — and so unconnected

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Human dignity outweighs capital gains

It comes easier to a Christian than to an American, but what happens with Christian Americans? When we in the U.S. hear of the United Nations’ Bill of Rights, or