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Catholic News & Perspective

March 2020

Mar 30

The sacrifices we make: What it means to be a Christian under lockdown

By: Leonard J. DeLorenzo The effectiveness of nations and states’ efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus depends on broad social consensus and cooperation. Already, though, critics such as R.R. Reno of First Things are lambasting these efforts in the strongest possible terms. Reno is a New York resident who is seeing up close...
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Mar 27

Opening the Word: The sweetness of love has overcome the foul stench of death

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. The evangelist, John, is not just providing a chance detail to the reader. Rather, Lazarus is decidedly dead. His body has begun to decompose, producing a stench. The stench of death is an image of hopelessness. Yes, in principle, the Word made flesh could raise Lazarus from the...
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Mar 25

Without weekly collections, parishes facing financial stress amid the pandemic

By:  Brian Fraga Msgr. Charles Kosanke has told his parish staff that he can keep them employed full-time until April 6. After that, he has no idea. “We certainly don’t want to hurt them, but sadly it may come to that in order to keep the lights on,” said Msgr. Kosanke, the pastor of Detroit’s two oldest parishes,...
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Mar 23

In times of crisis, the Church has a history of stepping up

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Fear of contagion is nothing new. Not that long ago, hardly back in the Dark Ages, the respected scientific opinion was that a diagnosis of Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, was a death sentence. Indeed, often it was. Doctors had no way to treat the problem. The United States was never a center for leprosy, but...
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Mar 20

Opening the Word: Sight and touch

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley As children, we learned about the five senses.  Sight is different from the sense of touch.  We see things, even from a distance, while to touch something we must be close to the person or object. This division of the senses was not always so clear.  Sight was once understood as closely connected to...
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Mar 18

With a miracle approved, beatification awaits computer programmer Carlo Acutis

By: Meg Hunter-Kilmer Venerable Carlo Acutis had a PlayStation. He made awkward videos with his friends. His favorite cartoon was “Pokémon.” And before the year is out, he’s likely to be beatified. It was announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis had approved a miracle attributed to Carlo Acutis, paving the way for his...
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Mar 18

With a miracle approved, beatification awaits computer programmer Carlo Acutis

By: Meg Hunter-Kilmer Venerable Carlo Acutis had a PlayStation. He made awkward videos with his friends. His favorite cartoon was “Pokémon.” And before the year is out, he’s likely to be beatified. It was announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis had approved a miracle attributed to Carlo Acutis, paving the way for his...
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Mar 16

Vatican homeless shelter continues long history of the Church’s charitable works

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Talk about a breath of fresh air. NPR spent some minutes reporting that Pope Francis had turned a one-time palace near the Vatican into a shelter for homeless people in Rome. The Church has had so much bad publicity recently. This story was a relief. For centuries, an Italian noble family had occupied this building,...
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Mar 13

Opening the Word: thirsting for the Lord

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Suffering from thirst is an all-consuming experience. The thirsty person desires water alone, longing for an occasion to slake their thirst. The human experience of thirst is taken up in the history of salvation. Israel, having passed through the river dry-shod, find themselves thirsting in the desert. They want a drink,...
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Mar 11

How to get family relationships ‘rite’

By: Dr. Greg Popcak Family life is a liturgy. “Liturgy” means “public act of worship.” Although we’re used to thinking of liturgy as something we do at church, your family life is a liturgy, too. Last month in this space, I described five ways the liturgy of domestic church life allows us to consecrate the world to...
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Mar 9

The coronavirus and a stark reminder that wellness was not always a given

By: Scott P. Richert   One of the most popular books for Lenten reading in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches is “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” by St. John Climacus. St. John, a seventh-century monk and abbot of a monastery on Mount Sinai, wrote “The Ladder” for his fellow monks. Divided into 30...
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Mar 6

Opening the Word: Go forth and follow the Lord to the foot of the cross

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Comfort is quite natural to human beings. When we find ourselves in a location that we know, where we have enough food and drink, a place to lay our heads and friends close by, why leave? All of us, in the end, are basically like Tolkien’s hobbits, looking to enjoy the parochial comforts of hearth and home. Such...
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Mar 4

Finding hope amid crisis this Lenten season

By: Lawrence P. Grayson “[T]he Church is currently experiencing one of the greatest crises she has ever known,” declared Cardinal Raymond Burke last October. This assessment was recently affirmed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who described the current situation as “the lasting crisis that the priesthood has been going through...
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Mar 2

Sexual abuse is one of many issues in our sex-obsessed culture

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Two shoes fell on the same day. First, the Boy Scouts of America declared bankruptcy because they had spent so much money in settlements or court-ordered payments to victims of child sex abuse by the Scouts’ personnel. Second, the governing body of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s second-largest...
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