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October 22, 2014
'Blue Bloods' and its writers
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

David Letterman never ceases to be amazed at Tom Sellick’s enduring popularity: ‘No matter where he goes, people love him! People love him even when he’s counting his money!”  The success of “Blue Bloods,” the CBS Friday night drama, is largely due to Mr. Sellick’s role as Frank Reagan, the current New York City police commissioner.  With his affable temperament and his strong leadership, he is the mortar holding the program together.

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October 21, 2014
The Synod’s Biggest Loser: Cardinal Kasper’s Credibility
By Johan Paul Martel

When the history of this year’s Synod on the Family is written, there will be any number of people and ideas that will be seen as winners or losers in the process. But of all the synod’s surprises, Cardinal Walter Kasper’s collapse of credibility stands in a category of its own.

For the second time in as many pontificates, Cardinal Kasper embarrassed not only himself, but the pope as well. This time, it seems unlikely that his progressive reputation can be salvaged.

Four years ago,...

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October 20, 2014
The Francis Effect and the Chicago Appointment
By Russell Shaw

At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year reporters pressed hard to find signs of the Francis effect. But when the bishops gather next month in Baltimore, the press corps can relax. All they need do now to observe the Pope’s impact on the American hierarchy is take a look at the newly named Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich.

The surprise appointment of Archbishop Cupich, 65, to succeed Cardinal Francis George as head of the nation’s third largest diocese, the...

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October 17, 2014
Film review: 'Men, Women and Children'
By Carl Kozlowski

We live in a world with more communication tools than ever before, yet we seem to be losing the ability to talk straight with each other. Between texting, TV, Tivo, Roku, and role-playing games alone, we rarely enjoy each other’s simple company and the lost art of conversation.  We can embrace more of the world, yet we hear about loneliness more than ever.

Jason Reitman’s new movie “Men Women & Children” tackles these issues head-on, with the incisive and powerful dramedy...

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October 16, 2014
The Family in Crisis: The Church Responds
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

From 1988 until 1998, CBS aired the highly successful sitcom Murphy Brown.  This cutting-edge comedy featured Candice Bergen as a tough-talking investigative journalist and news anchor.  In 1992, the show’s main character decided to have a child out of wedlock.  Then Vice President Dan Quayle remarked that “It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance...

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October 16, 2014
Heaven is for real and forever
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

God’s ways are not our ways, and his will is not always easy for us to understand.

We know that God has a plan of love for every life. But we also know that within his plan, people can find sickness and suffering that seems to have no reason, no justification.

These are some of my reflections as the sad drama of a young California woman has been unfolding this week on cable news and in the social media.

By now, many of you have heard of Brittany Maynard. She is 29 and suffering from brain...

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October 15, 2014
A Week of Saint-Watching
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Saints are not born; they are made, made from the crucible of their unique personal history. Their stories are the raw material inscribed in a book of their lives. This week the Church celebrates an array of saints, the Church’s super-heroes. Each of their stories differs from the other as night, the day.  But, Phyllis McGinley believes that they all share one thing in common:  “Saints were geniuses who brought to their works of virtue all the splendor, eccentricity, effort, and...

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October 14, 2014
Having patience for the sausage-making Synod
By Father Robert Barron

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain  commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever...

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October 14, 2014
Human demotion, supernatural promotion
By Alice von Hildebrand

Deeply grieved by the death of a great and most lovable spiritual leader, Father Benedict Groeschel, we should not forget that he has not left us “orphans.” In this context, I am exclusively referring to the very many books that he has written, and which, now that he is gone, continue to transmit his message and faith, hope and charity. The one that comes to my mind is “Arise from Darkness.” This book will never lose its value or its interest, because in it, he depicts vividly our...

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October 13, 2014
The Synod on the Family: What is at Stake?
By Fr. José Noriega, DCJM

The Holy Father has called for a Synod on the Family. In doing so, he has shown vision and courage. For, if the Church is a battlefield hospital to heal wounds, those caused in the family are the most severe. Moreover, without family life the evangelizing endeavor is deprived of its grammar: how could we announce, without family, that God is the Father who sent his Son to generate the Church as the Bride and to make us brothers?

However, after the joy brought by the announcement of the...

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October 21, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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