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  • Responding to current need
    We Catholics are well placed to address some of the chief problems on the minds of Portlanders: rising homelessness, trash and crime. Here are three practical proposals.
  • I have been blacklisted by the Ukrainian government.
  • Catholic men facing same-sex attractions often struggle with how they are supposed to handle their homoromantic feelings. Some clearly understand that the Church invites them to order their feelings and attractions through a life of chaste continence, but they also wrestle with a strong desire for same-sex friendship and bonding.
  • VIEWPOINTS: The insanity of possessing nuclear weapons
    If within the next 10 years, if within the next year, if within the next 30 minutes, the ravages of nuclear war are unleashed upon humanity – murdering billions of people, inflicting excruciating injuries upon countless others, sending civilization back to the Stone Age and destroying most of the rest of God’s earthly creation, it won’t have happened without much warning.
  • Unjust systems hurt all God’s people
    She lived in a small suite in our convent. Her home in New Orleans had been burned to the ground. She had never learned to read. Yet she was a truly wise woman.
  • Parishioner shares ties with possible saints
    If we observe carefully, we find we are surrounded by saints, ordinary people who live everyday lives with extraordinary faith. Rita Akin, a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Southeast Portland, is linked to some people who may even get an official declaration of sainthood.
  • What sports should be
    Doug Brenner was a big man on campus, literally. A lineman for the Jesuit football squad, he was also big of heart, full of gentleness and kindness.
  • Be more like a dog
    Let’s face it: dogs are cool. Not that the cat world doesn’t have its heroes, but I can’t recall ever reading about how a cat alerted the household of a fire, warned off an intruder, chased down a tennis ball, or subdued a fleeing criminal.
  • “One hundred million is a stark figure – sobering and alarming in equal measure. It’s a record that should never have been set,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
  • From the archives
    The sermon lasted over an hour, and was listened to with marked attention by all Catholics and non-Catholics.
  • My brother, Ken, took a very small place in this world. But I don’t think that the size of his place really matters.
  • ‘Laudato Si’’ circles in Portland support climate legislation
    ‘Laudato Si’’ Circles have been meeting in Portland for several years: Catholics gathering prayerfully to find ways together to forestall climate change and restore our common home.
  • I’ve had three close brushes with COVID-19 recently, with my entire household coming down with it in May, a guest showing up with it in June, and half our team coming down with it at the Catholic Media Convention this month.
  • Baby talk
    I hate it when mom and dad yell and argue.
  • God’s undersea comedy
    Here are our things at the Oregon Coast Aquarium that indicate God has a sense of humor:
  • This past weekend in Houston, I had the opportunity to speak at a religious liberty conference about transgender issues, homosexuality and contraception. The conference happened to open on the same day that the Dobbs decision overturning Roe vs. Wade was released by the Supreme Court.
  • While the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade is a monumental step forward on behalf of untold innocent, totally vulnerable unborn babies, it is also a victory for victimized – often poor, disadvantaged – women targeted by for-profit abortion businesses like the multi-billion-dollar abortion leader Planned Parenthood.
  • Complete overhaul of immigration law needed to solve border crisis
    Catholic social teaching regarding migration has developed certain principles that may seem contradictory at first view.

  • On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and, by implication, a long line of abortion decisions relying on them.
  • Catching God at the ballfield
    As a mother of five boys, I have spent countless nights at baseball fields, but never have I glimpsed God in the dugout until tonight.
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