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  • American society has suffered an exploration slump. The July 20 anniversary of the 1969 moon landing makes it painfully clear.
  • We don’t know what kind of engine is in someone until we communicate. We don’t know what someone’s experience, pain, capacity for love or needs are until we have a friendly race.

  • Situated deep in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, the Huntsville monastery was established in 1947. The monastery became a thriving community of 84 monks with a large farm supplying eggs, bread, grain and honey to neighbors, friends and visitors.  Then in September, after 70 years, that monastery closed.
  • Pope Francis has not only inherited, but continues to earn the title pontiff – “bridge-builder.
  • Yes, you, with 1,000 things to do and a racing mind that won't quit. Go to bed early. Sleep in a little later. Take a guilt-free nap. Summer is a season to slow down and let ourselves breathe again
  • This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.

  • In its June 26 decision on freedom of speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy aid centers to tell pregnant women how to get an abortion.

  • In the early months of his papacy, Pope Francis felt the urgent need to courageously preach on the actual existence of the devil, and the grave dangers of not taking his existence seriously (see: 1 Peter 5:8-9).

  • Plans for a major international fund campaign to secure in excess of $1 million designed “to mount a determined effort to stem the world vocations crisis and the critical priest shortage” were announced this week by Serra International at the organiza­tion’s convention in Portland.

  • We are all God’s children. God hears the cry of the children and their parents. Do we? It is time to listen, stand up and speak out.

    John Kingery

  • This dictate has taken our God of abundance, who fed the crowds with five loaves and two fish so they wouldn’t go away hungry, to a God of scarcity.

  • This past February, I traveled to the spiritual and steady-paced American South for the first time. With eleven of my peers, I excitedly participated in St. Mary’s Academy’s Jonestown, Mississippi, Immersion Trip. During our time in Mississippi, my group engaged in the work of Jonestown community member, Holy Names Sister Kay Burton.
  • While attending church and voting are great first steps, participation in the community, fueled by passion and interest, is what really makes us citizens.
  • I would challenge her and all others who see social justice problems in our society to think outside the box.
  • WASHINGTON — Ever since the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 -- longhand for "welfare reform" -- became law, the federal government has imposed work requirements for adults receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money.

  • I am also familiar with Jesus’ teaching that loving God and loving neighbor are the two greatest commandments.
  • I seem to recall that the church is very strict about these lay people being referred to only as “extraordinary ministers of holy Communion” and nothing else.
  • The crisis on our borders — and European borders — isn’t going to end in the foreseeable future. It’s hard to imagine what draconian barrier could stop millions of people fleeing conditions so vile that they’re comparable to a house on fire.
  • At moments, I viewed the ruins as monastic murder victims. From York to Glastonbury, I asked myself, “What if these were still living, breathing monasteries?” How much prayer has gone unsaid? How much charity not rendered? How much hospitality not extended?
  • The bread becomes the body of Christ. The wine becomes the blood of Christ. To think and believe like a Catholic, one is called upon to make some extraordinary observations.

  • What are some leading causes of heartless conflicts in life?

  • A most rewarding moment in my daily routine after a long workday or returning home from some travels is to sit with my wife for a while to watch our children play.
  • The power of digital networks cannot be underestimated in the lives of today's young people.
  • Being family is hard these days for many people. It isn't just the age-old tensions of kith and kin described in so many novels and plays. It is the modern pressures of distance, distraction and fragmentation.

  • Very reasonable people had rather intense disagreements about what they were hearing. (I heard "laurel" and my son heard "yanny." We simply had to agree to disagree.)

  • This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.
  • In some circles, however, this "comprehensive" effort to prevent suicide has a glaring loophole. People facing serious physical illness have been tagged by a well-funded advocacy campaign as needing suicide "assistance" rather than suicide prevention.

  • Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

    VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.

  • In his influential exposé Marijuana Debunked, Dr. Ed Gogek emphasizes how the idea of medical marijuana “didn’t come from doctors, or patient advocacy groups, or public health organizations, or the medical community. The ballot initiatives for medical marijuana laws were sponsored and promoted by pro-legalization groups.”
  • As immigration woes rise, lawmakers can't agree on solutions

    WASHINGTON — Bipartisan disagreement on how to fix the country's immigration system led to failure once again as lawmakers on Capitol Hill turned down one immigration bill June 21 and postponed a vote on a second proposal, which also has a slim opportunity of passing.

  •  Pope’s climate warning to oil-gas executives: ‘There is no time to lose’
    Challenging world oil executives to recognize the urgent environmental need to quickly transition from fossil fuel extraction and burning, to clean energy production, Pope Francis called them to take to heart that “Civilization requires energy, but energy must not destroy civilization.”

  • Truly present
    After reading this article, I think I will always receive in the mouth.
  • Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

    WASHINGTON — Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said he will no longer exercise any public ministry "in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager almost 50 years ago has been found credible.

  • Nothing sacred?
    The fashions were sexual and provocative. Some “stars” were in sensual and immoral poses.
  • A celebration?

    In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the successful ousting of the French incursion, a struggle for independence, a defeat of the European powers and a reversal of the conquest of Mexico. 

  • Need I kneel?
    Please understand that the faithful find God whether standing, sitting or kneeling.
  • Sign petition now
    If you have not yet signed this petition please go ASAP to www.stopthefunding.org/home/sign-the-petiton/ to sign
  • Pro-life at all times
    Many Catholics are brought up in pro-life homes, attending marches and rallies as children and teenagers. But we shouldn’t forget how dangerously simple it is to wander from a pro-life opinion to a pro-choice one
  • No more dividing
    Recent enforcement of federal immigration policy eviscerates Catholic values. On our borders, federal officers tear couples apart and, unimaginably, drag children from their parents.
  • A chance to help God’s creation at the ballot box
    An example of an initiative that hears the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor is the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) Ballot Initiative. PCEF addresses both the call to care for creation in Portland and advocates for those who are suffering most heavily from the effects of climate change.
  • There are no involuntary baby expressions and noises to marvel over. No tiny baby toes and fingers to caress. No fresh baby head smells to breathe in. No coos or sighs or sleepy milk-drunk grins to relish.



  • Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds annually, about $80 million of it from Title X. The organization performs over one-third of all abortions in the country, and abortion is what it provides to 96 percent of its pregnant clients.

  • Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

    VATICAN CITY — Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace.

  • One word: Dignity
    I have long believed that the greatest poverty in this world is a lack of recognition of our own dignity and that of those around us.
  • I think one of the reasons young people feel drawn to Pope Francis is that he makes an effort to take young people seriously. He does not make promises of an easy and carefree life. His words are based on truths but also are a response to his listening to young people.
  • So for now, Christians who accept the millennia-old definition of marriage have as much constitutional protection as racists and pornographers. And some justices disagree even with that.

  • From the Archives
    The coming of the depression made it impractical to attempt a foundation at that time, but today, as a result of the drive held in the parishes last spring, the first unit of Central High School stands completed.
  • Greater reverence
    This action certainly will result in greater reverence at the time of Communion.
  • A form of justice
    We are to love our neighbor as ourselves, but the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God.
  • Violence of words
    Rather than venom, I think more articles showing interfaith activities and respect would be more harmonious with Catholic principles.
  • It’s a story about sinners who attempt to be more holy
    The Bible is not so much a book to be venerated as it is a spiritual guide through a physical world.
  • Quoting Pope Francis, “Money must serve, not rule!”

  • Service is important to the faith of cradle Catholics. Food drives, trips to nursing homes and various other service opportunities permeated my life and ingrained the importance of service in my mind and heart as a child. However, the attitude toward service is different in high school. There, people are asking an important question: “Is required service real service?”
  • What we don’t see on the border
    These migrants are not coming because they are greedy. They are coming because they are living in a state of desperation so extreme they are ready to die for a chance at a better life.
  • Oregon’s brand of attack on religious freedom goes like this: Believe what you want, but don’t act on it or you could be penalized.
  • Keep kids safe
    We need to expect stronger child protection policies across the globe, report abuse — inside and outside the church — and continue to support local efforts to keep our kids safe.
  • In the final analysis, human sexual activity calls for something much deeper and more abiding than mere transactional consent, namely, the irrevocable and permanent consent of spouses.
  • Rough benches did duty in place of pews, and the whole interior of the edifice was unfinished. 
  • Mercy + justice
    We need more leadership and less capitulation to popular sentiment. Without justice mercy is meaningless.
  • I’ve often wondered why we ceased kneeling following the Lamb of God.
  • Why haven’t you acted to repeal your abortion law?

    It is totally beyond my comprehension that the Catholics of Oregon have not overwhelmingly deluged their state’s legislature with enough signatures to place their new pro-abortion law on the ballot to be rescinded. Where is their common sense?

  • Spectacle vs. beauty

    For us mortals, it is up to each of us to continue forming ourselves so that we can bring what we know to the event of our lives, to live the church’s unwavering goodness, beauty and truth.

  • Pray for families, receive an indulgence, Vatican says

    VATICAN CITY  — Catholics who participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August or pray with their families during the Aug. 21-26 event can receive a plenary indulgence, the Vatican announced.

  • A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
    THE DALLES — We traveled from Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties and Central Oregon to St. Paul Episcopal Church for an interfaith service overlooking The Dalles and a facility that detains migrants.
  • It began like most other days; I realized with great resignation that there were, as usual, many more items on my to-do list than hours and energy with which to complete them.

  • Craft bill for families
    The federal farm bill may sound like it deals only with tractors and crop rotation, but it impacts families heavily. The nation’s Catholic bishops and aid agencies have laid out sensible priorities for agriculture policy, still under debate in Congress after a dustup.
  • When your 10-month-old is stacking blocks, you might or might not care to participate. When she laughs uncontrollably, you can't help joining in.
  • Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called "Make Trouble."

  • In his address to the U.S. Congress, French President Emmanuel Macron reminded lawmakers to think about working to make the world greater and less about making America great.

  • Cooperation, dialogue needed for interreligious harmony, pope says

    VATICAN CITY — In a time when the world is mired in conflicts, religious leaders have a duty to show that it is possible to set aside differences and work together for the common good, Pope Francis said.

  • In a recent homily, Bishop Robert E. Barron rightly identified two paramount values in our secular culture: being "inclusive" and being "nonjudgmental. Big problems emerge when a society tries to act on these ideas.

  • Catholics must engage in these debates with intellectual vigor, but with humility as well.
  • From the archives
    Every lie that is told is an insult to 14,000,000 Catholics in the United States, and Catholics will not pa­tiently bear such treatment from press or preacher.
  • Be like St. Paul. Cast your seeds in the online marketplace but do not be afraid to enter the Areopagus where your ideas and beliefs can be tried face to face. Done in charity, it will bear fruit.

  • This Mother's Day, if your parish adds anything to Mass, let it be words of love as wide as our Lord's. Prayers that celebrate motherhood as a calling. Blessings that comfort the sorrowful. Petitions that pray for the living and the dead.

  • An advocate for the Gospel of Life
    How to achieve great things and advance urgent messages in a world prepared to put up great resistance? Embrace family and friends who support you and give you a sense of perspective
  • Report on both!
    That seems kind of rude.
  • The negative effects of teaching stigma on mental illness are undeniable, yet we all too easily fall into that trap.
  • Just a platitude

    Jesus was very clear about the use of weapons whose sole purpose is to strike or to kill: “Stop, no more of this!” (Lk 22:51)