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On January 28th, the Catholic Church commemorates the great Western theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. As I grow older, the sheer magnitude of the gifts the Lord gave to this man become clearer and clearer in their significance for the Church. I also marvel at his return on the Lord's investment, through his cooperation with grace. Finally, I grow in my appreciation of his humanity. In fact, it gives me great hope in my own weakness.  During graduate theology studies, I tried to attend Holy...

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January 21, 2016

The need to compromise

By Tina McCormick, PhD

The topic of abortion has divided this country for more than half a century. And while the imminent March for Life in D.C. this coming Friday bears witness to a civic activism that is peaceful, both sides of the debate on abortion have tended to add to national divisiveness. A consensus based on compromise seems unlikely in the near future. On both sides of the debate, the most vocal activists are entrenched in their positions. We are called upon either to prove our “pro-life” bona fides...

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In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church we end the Christmas season this Sunday with the Feast of the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan. Some of the most beautiful readings found in the Office of Readings come on the days between the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. That compilation is a part of the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is also called the Breviary. It is the formal baseline prayer of all Clergy, Bishops, Priests and deacons, as well as those in the...

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December 27, 2015

Why the Christmas spirit has power beyond Christianity

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Yes, indeed, it is the season of giving. But, most of all, it is the season of giving in to the stress and anxiety of buying just the right thing — or at least something — that will please the receiver, from the slightly estranged relative we’ll meet under the Christmas tree to the tyrannical child whose wishes haunt us through the crowded stores. We enjoy an overload of cheap Chinese merchandise, and sales of all kinds lure us into endless lines, parking lot rivalries, traffic gridlock, and...

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December 21, 2015

The curse of Santa

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Christmas, the most beloved and widely celebrated holiday, is upon us. Yet while many long to experience Christmas joy, there are signs of a veritable Christmas war in schools, at cash registers, and on the phone with strangers. Public institutions and certain principled organizations are adamant about keeping faith out of public places, and many endure daily moments of awkwardness at cash registers or with strangers on the phone over the choice of holiday versus Christmas greetings....

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December 14, 2015

Gordon College prevailed, but will the country?

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Gordon College, the small Christian liberal arts college just 30 minutes north of Boston, became the focus of much negative media attention just over a year ago. Its president, D. Michael Lindsay, had signed an open letter to President Obama, supporting a religious exemption to his Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. President Lindsay has emphasized the need to grant faith-based institutions the freedom to “hire for...

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Published on Catholic Online. Permission to republish given by the author. This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of our liturgical year. Yet, for many Catholics who commemorate the Feast, it is just one more somewhat esoteric celebration which we go through every year at this time. This mistake is at least right on one count, it really is all about time.  The It is one of many opportunities the Liturgical Church year offers to each one of us consider...

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November 04, 2015

The scandal that wasn't

By Alejandro Bermúdez

Two books are about to hit the shelves this week, supposedly testing Pope Francis' Vatican's capacity to withstand fresh scandals. The first and most important, “Merchants in the Temple” is authored by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of the 2012 blockbuster “His Holiness,” which sparked the scandal known as the “Vatileaks” and resulted in the conviction of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, precisely for leaking Nuzzi the documents. The second book, “Avarice:...

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October 22, 2015

Family, the Synod and the Pope

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie

The ever-popular Pope Francis received a rock-star welcome in the United States recently, doing what he usually does: challenging entrenched opinions and blithely crossing political lines which seemed impassable.  It was in Philadelphia, where his focus was the needs and pastoral care of the family, where he was at his most charming and endearing. In his musically accented Spanish, he went happily off-script during one of his speeches, clearly energized by the enthusiasm of the...

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At a time when there is much antagonism, polarization, pain, and inequity in the world, at a time when socially responsible leadership at all levels of society is lacking and there are “unrestrained ambitions and collective forms of selfishness,” the visit of Pope Francis to the United States is a breath of fresh air.  His touch is a light shining in darkness; his voice echoes with compassion, love, and wisdom.   Pope Francis’ several speeches—especially in front of a joint session of...

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