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The power of questionsFather Eugene Hemrick

''A prudent question is one-half wisdom." This insight by English philosopher Francis Bacon possesses a fundamental principle for coping with today's disquiet: to use the power of the question. Let's ...

The worst pope in historyMichael Pakaluk

St. Peter was without doubt the worst pope in history. I hope you were shocked by this opening line, since that was my intent. But I meant it only in the trivially true sense that, since Peter was the ...

Picture thisEffie Caldarola

I am on a decluttering kick, spurred on by months of being a virtual prisoner in my own house. I have bags full of clothes to give away, books someone else may enjoy, junk that needs to be pitched. Most ...

'The Social Dilemma'Effie Caldarola

My brother has been a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for decades. He's the guy who opens the church and brews the coffee for the weekly meeting. But since March, his meetings have been on Zoom. ...

'Non Fecit Taliter Omni Nationi'Michael Pakaluk

The second most popular pilgrimage site in the world for Catholics used to be San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy, the town of Padre Pio, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, across from Rome. It's hard to measure ...

Father Murray and national unityMichael Pakaluk

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Father John Courtney Murray's great book reflecting on what he called "The American Proposition," entitled "We Hold These Truths." I've gone back to that book these ...

Driveway moments and justiceEffie Caldarola

I think we've all had "driveway moments." That's when your favorite song comes on the car radio as you arrive home and you linger to listen. Or maybe it's a National Public Radio story you have to finish. So, ...

Secularism no basis for human fraternityMichael Pakaluk

''Fratelli Tutti," the pope's recent encyclical, presents an outlook and advocates policies to foster friendship among the entire human family. Friendship is not possible if the inequalities among us ...

The sweet name of MaryMichael Pakaluk

''May this appeal of mine not go unheard!" Thus wrote the sainted Pope John Paul II in 2002, near the end of his apostolic letter on the rosary. "I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state ...

COVID and encounterEffie Caldarola

In the news recently: An amusement park in Japan encouraged roller-coaster riders not to scream. Screaming is a great way to project COVID-19 particles into the air for a much farther distance than speaking. ...