Catholic News & Perspective

June 2019

Jun 14

Opening the Word: Unsentimental feast

By: Timothy P. O'Malley For the Christian, sentimentality is a temptation. The sentimental person is so driven by the desire for strong affections, reducing nearly everything to kitsch or a nostalgia for some imagined past. This sentimentality can easily seep into the feasts of the Christmas season. We imagine the infant Christ, surrounded by...
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Jun 12

Bishops find ‘Strength in Hope’ for religious liberty

By: Michelle Martin On June 22, Catholics around the world will remember Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, the bishop and chancellor executed by Henry VIII two weeks apart in 1535 for the crime of refusing to acknowledge the religious supremacy of the king of England. In the United States, that day also marks the beginning of Religious Freedom...
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Jun 10

Sundays are changing for the better

By: Teresa Tomeo In my most recent book, “Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic” (OSV, $14.95), I take a look at the need for Catholics to embrace what they hear and whom they actually receive at Mass every week so that we can apply it to our everyday lives. What does our faith really mean to us if we merely are checking off a box,...
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Jun 7

Opening the Word: How to approach the Holy Trinity without making it complicated

By: Timothy P. O'Malley There are two exaggerations typically made by preachers on Trinity Sunday. The first mistake overemphasizes the mysterious nature of the Trinity as incomprehensible to human understanding. How can we make sense of three persons in one God? We can’t, so it’s a mystery. Three doesn’t normally equal one....
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Jun 5

What is the future of pro-life legislation?

By: Brian Fraga Seeing their best chance in decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, state legislators across the country are passing new laws to restrict abortion that they and their pro-life allies expect will be struck down in the federal courts. The strategy behind passing laws such as the so-called “heartbeat bills” — which...
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Jun 3

Take a fresh look at your home’s crucifix

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion You never know who will come to your door on seemingly-normal weekend morning. Recently one Saturday, my doorbell rang, and I answered. Two very polite, well-dressed young men introduced themselves as evangelical missionaries. They asked if they could speak with me. I invited them into the living room. Before little...
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