Monthly Archives: May 2011

“The Moral Measure of this Budget Debate” Part 1. The Catholic Concern

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Early in May the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops wrote a letter to Congress expressing their concern with regards to the budget debate. In this letter they offered a creative and moral challenge to congress to design “a budget … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter: “In all creatures there is found the trace of the Trinity”

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Lectionary Readings: (From the Biblical meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 8:5-8, 14-17. Philip the deacon evangelizes Samaria. Peter and John come to impose hands that the newly baptized persons may receive the Holy Spirit. Peter 3: 15-18. “Speak … Continue reading

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Corporate Political Contributions

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With the Supreme Court Case Citizen’s United Corporations were given the freedom to flex their political muscle by eroding the regulation of their political contributions on the basis that it infringed on their freedom of speech.  In this Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Easter: The Option for the Poor

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Lectionary Readings: Acts 6: 1-7. The early church grows with many converts including Jewish Priest. The Deaconate is developed to help serve the needs of the poor. 1 Peter 2:4-9. Peter continues with this early baptismal liturgy by commissioning the … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter: “The Wounded Healer”

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Lectionary Readings: (taken from the Biblical Meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 2:14, 36-41. Peter, on Pentecost, preaches that “the whole house of Israel should know… that God has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus whom you crucified.” The … Continue reading

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Engaging Economic Subsidiarity: embracing the struggle between Freedom and Equality

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(I edited this article which was originally written by Fr. Sebastian MacDonald, CP) One’s perspective on issues determines what one sees.  Broader perspectives engulf more than narrower ones.  Retrieving the most fundamental perspective, at least for believers in God, entails … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Easter: The “Gospel of Life” within a “culture of death”

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Lectionary Readings: (Taken from the Biblical Meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 2:14, 22-28. On Pentecost, Peter stated that Jesus was handed over to death “by the set purpose and plan of God” and therefore could not be bound … Continue reading

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Rerum Novarum and the Catholic legacy of Economic Justice

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The current budget battle between the two dominant American political parties involves two familiar, age-old, disagreements on how to provide prosperity for as many people as possible. From the political forces on the right we have a firm belief that … Continue reading

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“With Malice towards none, with charity for all,” reflecting on Bin Laden’s death

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Catholic News Service, a News agency of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, offers this article from the Vatican’s statement concerning the death of the Al-Qaida leader and mastermind of the 9-11 attacks in the United States Osama Bin … Continue reading

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