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January 21, 2015
The Paris Attack against Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Oxford University Press has a long and distinguished history. From its humble birth in 1480 when it began to publish the Bible, it has grown to be the largest publishing house in the world. Since it publishes educational materials for use in more than 150 countries, its overseers are very much aware of the broad range of religious, social and cultural differences of those whom they service. In an effort to be sensitive to the belief and practice of Muslims, Oxford University Press has now...

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January 20, 2015
C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church
By Joseph Pearce

C. S. Lewis, one of the most popular writers of the last century, had a complex and complicated relationship with the Catholic Church. Joseph Pearce, author of C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, discusses Lewis’s relationship with the Church in this interview.  

Lewis is still presented by some people as Catholic, quasi Catholic or crypto-Catholic. Is that fair to the truth, and to him?

It would certainly be inaccurate, and therefore unfair to the truth, to describe Lewis as a Catholic....

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January 16, 2015
Movie Review: "American Sniper"
By Carl Kozlowski

In the more than 20 years since Clint Eastwood won Best Picture and Best Director for “Unforgiven,” he has been making numerous films that have shared that Western’s theme of the tragic consequences of violence. He has openly acknowledged that movies like “Gran Torino” and “Million Dollar Baby” were responses to the cinematic havoc he reaped a fortune from in spaghetti Westerns and Dirty Harry-style movies from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.

That seismic shift in his cinematic...

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January 14, 2015
Study and Beauty in the Family and Consecrated Life: Part II
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The Catholic Church has a long, deep, and abiding respect for the habits of the minds and for the pursuit of beauty.  One could say that the Church’s vocation is to show the world that faith and reason are inseparable friends and that beauty is a stepping stone to God.
The Catholic family is ‘the domestic church,’ where a love of learning is fostered and where beauty is lived from day to day. Children learn from exposure to learning and beauty. If their parents read, most likely, they...

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January 13, 2015
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: Death to Compassion
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

In 1993, Oregon’s present governor, John Kitzhaber - then a state senator and a doctor - worked hard to make health care available for the poor through a program that rationed benefits. His efforts, along with those of others, gave birth to the Oregon Health Plan. This was a major step in the reform of our national health care.

Fifteen years after the plan was put into effect, in 2008, the state's health care rationing program informed cancer patients that the state’s health plan would...

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January 10, 2015
Movie Review: "Selma"
By Carl Kozlowski

It may be hard to believe, but there has never a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s been the subject of several TV movies and miniseries over the years, but it’s pretty amazing to consider that the greatest civil rights leader in American history went without a grand cinematic portrayal a full 22 years after the far more controversial activist Malcolm X was graced with a movie by Spike Lee.

That all changes this weekend with the release of “Selma,” a rousingly powerful...

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January 09, 2015
Tua Res Agitur: It Concerns You
By Bishop James D. Conley

In the century before Christ was born, the great Roman poet Horace wrote a wise line: “Tua res agitur paries cum proximus ardet.” The English translation is: “It concerns you when your neighbor’s wall is on fire.”

Horace taught that we are connected to one another—that human beings are responsible for each other’s wellbeing, and that the misfortunes of others can endanger each one of us. Horace meant that we need to respond when neighbors face danger—that justice, and love,...

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January 09, 2015
The Beauty of Catholic Education: Literature and Poetry
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In his homily for New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of time and the way we use it.  He urged that we make a daily examination of our attitudes, activities, and our behavior—how we use time.  As our students advance from grade to grade, we see how time affects them in all aspects of their development.

The Gift of Time

Some years ago in one of my college music classes, I had a student, a bright, beautiful young woman, conscientious about her work, a fine athlete,...

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January 08, 2015
Great Society
By Russell Shaw

President Lyndon Baines Johnson had spoken the words “Great Society” before, but on January 4, 1965 he brought the pieces together as a legislative package for Congress. His State of the Union message stirred a remarkable flurry of congressional activity that in short order produced major new programs in civil rights, health care, and anti-poverty.

In the half-century since then, the Great Society and its offspring have made profound changes in American society. A huge increase in...

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January 07, 2015
Charism and Consecrated Life: Part I
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In popular jargon, the word charisma is used to describe a person with dazzling gifts of charm or grace. Charismatic individuals form part of every walk of life—stage, screen, sports, and faith-traditions. 

Charism and the Married Vocation

In the vocation of marriage, a woman wishes to marry a man not for what he earns but for the person he is. She doesn’t fall in love with a career but with a man whose strong identity and values harmonize with hers.  He attracts her through his...

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