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  • From the Archives
    The frugal, thrifty, industrious Italian is to do for us even more than was done for us by the Irish.
  • Reflections from an ‘Officer of Faith’
    As he heads to Seattle University in the fall, La Salle Prep graduate Evans Brackenbrough has left behind a legacy as a young Catholic committed to his faith.
  • MEMO

    We Catholics of the Portland metro area have noticed both of you tearing your hair out. We are here to help.

  • Our minivan is one big silver stereotype.

    Granola bar wrappers on the floor. Cheerios stuck between seats. Baseball gear rolling around the back. I'll admit our car is overlooked; I'd never let the house get this dirty. It's also much-maligned, as I crack jokes regularly about minivan life.

  • Catholics are rightly horrified by the reported sexual exploitation of boys and men by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now resigned from the College of Cardinals. Other church leaders knew of his misdeeds but remained silent and kept advancing him to leadership posts. We even hear of churchmen involved in grave offenses who protect and advance each other in a conspiracy of shame.

  • God’s plan
    I’ve made a habit in my life of controlling as much of it as possible. Well, trying to control it anyway. God often reminds me who really is in charge.
  • Things have come to a sorry pass in Canada. Trinity Western University, the country's largest privately funded Christian university, was established by the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1962. It aims to promote "total student development through ... deepened commitment to Jesus Christ and a Christian way of life."

  • He relied on God, not weapons of war
    Known as “Dutch” by his siblings and nieces and nephews, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen was a quintessential Northwest down-to-earth and soft-spoken lover of the great outdoors, a fine athlete, an inspiring coach, a gentle and kind character, and a person of prayer with a listening attitude and an empowering spirit in how he related to people.  He was grounded — in every sense of the word.
  • From the Archives
    What a poor, mean, dwarfed piece of matter is man’s manufacture, when compared to God’s creation such tremendous differences in size, in smoothness of operation, in permanency of life and delicacy of action.
  • With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.

  • On July 25, 1968 – in the midst of the “sexual revolution” which aggressively promoted premarital sex, pornography, homosexual activity and artificial contraception – Pope Paul VI with the courage of a prophet gave the Catholic Church and world an entirely different message.

  • To reject a resolution that could save lives and to abet dishonest claims by formula manufacturers are affronts to Catholic values.
  • Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become Masters of our own destiny.
  • During these slower summer months, I’m going to keep working on leaving the past behind me, not worrying about tomorrow, and putting my phone down (somewhere other than the freezer) so I’m free to love and be loved.
  • American society has suffered an exploration slump. The July 20 anniversary of the 1969 moon landing makes it painfully clear.
  • Maddie's cart
    We don’t know what kind of engine is in someone until we communicate. We don’t know what someone’s experience, pain, capacity for love or needs are until we have a friendly race.

  • The beginning and the end of a Monastery
    Situated deep in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, the Huntsville monastery was established in 1947. The monastery became a thriving community of 84 monks with a large farm supplying eggs, bread, grain and honey to neighbors, friends and visitors.  Then in September, after 70 years, that monastery closed.
  • Pope Francis has not only inherited, but continues to earn the title pontiff – “bridge-builder.
  • Yes, you, with 1,000 things to do and a racing mind that won't quit. Go to bed early. Sleep in a little later. Take a guilt-free nap. Summer is a season to slow down and let ourselves breathe again
  • This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.

  • In its June 26 decision on freedom of speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy aid centers to tell pregnant women how to get an abortion.

  • In the early months of his papacy, Pope Francis felt the urgent need to courageously preach on the actual existence of the devil, and the grave dangers of not taking his existence seriously (see: 1 Peter 5:8-9).

  • From the Archives

    Plans for a major international fund campaign to secure in excess of $1 million designed “to mount a determined effort to stem the world vocations crisis and the critical priest shortage” were announced this week by Serra International at the organiza­tion’s convention in Portland.

  • Discovering the soul of the delta
    This past February, I traveled to the spiritual and steady-paced American South for the first time. With eleven of my peers, I excitedly participated in St. Mary’s Academy’s Jonestown, Mississippi, Immersion Trip. During our time in Mississippi, my group engaged in the work of Jonestown community member, Holy Names Sister Kay Burton.
  • On Catholic citizenship
    While attending church and voting are great first steps, participation in the community, fueled by passion and interest, is what really makes us citizens.
  • Let’s focus on the fires
    The crisis on our borders — and European borders — isn’t going to end in the foreseeable future. It’s hard to imagine what draconian barrier could stop millions of people fleeing conditions so vile that they’re comparable to a house on fire.
  • Cherish monasteries
    At moments, I viewed the ruins as monastic murder victims. From York to Glastonbury, I asked myself, “What if these were still living, breathing monasteries?” How much prayer has gone unsaid? How much charity not rendered? How much hospitality not extended?
  • The bread becomes the body of Christ. The wine becomes the blood of Christ. To think and believe like a Catholic, one is called upon to make some extraordinary observations.

  • What are some leading causes of heartless conflicts in life?

  • The hope of immigrant Catholic families
    A most rewarding moment in my daily routine after a long workday or returning home from some travels is to sit with my wife for a while to watch our children play.
  • Evangelizing along the digital highways
    The power of digital networks cannot be underestimated in the lives of today's young people.
  • Being family is hard these days for many people. It isn't just the age-old tensions of kith and kin described in so many novels and plays. It is the modern pressures of distance, distraction and fragmentation.

  • Very reasonable people had rather intense disagreements about what they were hearing. (I heard "laurel" and my son heard "yanny." We simply had to agree to disagree.)

  • This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.
  • In some circles, however, this "comprehensive" effort to prevent suicide has a glaring loophole. People facing serious physical illness have been tagged by a well-funded advocacy campaign as needing suicide "assistance" rather than suicide prevention.

  • In his influential exposé Marijuana Debunked, Dr. Ed Gogek emphasizes how the idea of medical marijuana “didn’t come from doctors, or patient advocacy groups, or public health organizations, or the medical community. The ballot initiatives for medical marijuana laws were sponsored and promoted by pro-legalization groups.”
  •  Pope’s climate warning to oil-gas executives: ‘There is no time to lose’
    Challenging world oil executives to recognize the urgent environmental need to quickly transition from fossil fuel extraction and burning, to clean energy production, Pope Francis called them to take to heart that “Civilization requires energy, but energy must not destroy civilization.”

  • Pro-life at all times
    Many Catholics are brought up in pro-life homes, attending marches and rallies as children and teenagers. But we shouldn’t forget how dangerously simple it is to wander from a pro-life opinion to a pro-choice one
  • No more dividing
    Recent enforcement of federal immigration policy eviscerates Catholic values. On our borders, federal officers tear couples apart and, unimaginably, drag children from their parents.
  • A chance to help God’s creation at the ballot box
    An example of an initiative that hears the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor is the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) Ballot Initiative. PCEF addresses both the call to care for creation in Portland and advocates for those who are suffering most heavily from the effects of climate change.
  • There are no involuntary baby expressions and noises to marvel over. No tiny baby toes and fingers to caress. No fresh baby head smells to breathe in. No coos or sighs or sleepy milk-drunk grins to relish.



  • Planned Parenthood receives over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds annually, about $80 million of it from Title X. The organization performs over one-third of all abortions in the country, and abortion is what it provides to 96 percent of its pregnant clients.

  • One word: Dignity
    I have long believed that the greatest poverty in this world is a lack of recognition of our own dignity and that of those around us.
  • I think one of the reasons young people feel drawn to Pope Francis is that he makes an effort to take young people seriously. He does not make promises of an easy and carefree life. His words are based on truths but also are a response to his listening to young people.
  • So for now, Christians who accept the millennia-old definition of marriage have as much constitutional protection as racists and pornographers. And some justices disagree even with that.

  • From the Archives
    The coming of the depression made it impractical to attempt a foundation at that time, but today, as a result of the drive held in the parishes last spring, the first unit of Central High School stands completed.
  • Quoting Pope Francis, “Money must serve, not rule!”

  • Service is important to the faith of cradle Catholics. Food drives, trips to nursing homes and various other service opportunities permeated my life and ingrained the importance of service in my mind and heart as a child. However, the attitude toward service is different in high school. There, people are asking an important question: “Is required service real service?”
  • What we don’t see on the border
    These migrants are not coming because they are greedy. They are coming because they are living in a state of desperation so extreme they are ready to die for a chance at a better life.
  • Oregon’s brand of attack on religious freedom goes like this: Believe what you want, but don’t act on it or you could be penalized.
  • Keep kids safe
    We need to expect stronger child protection policies across the globe, report abuse — inside and outside the church — and continue to support local efforts to keep our kids safe.
  • In the final analysis, human sexual activity calls for something much deeper and more abiding than mere transactional consent, namely, the irrevocable and permanent consent of spouses.
  • Rough benches did duty in place of pews, and the whole interior of the edifice was unfinished. 
  • Spectacle vs. beauty

    For us mortals, it is up to each of us to continue forming ourselves so that we can bring what we know to the event of our lives, to live the church’s unwavering goodness, beauty and truth.

  • A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
    THE DALLES — We traveled from Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties and Central Oregon to St. Paul Episcopal Church for an interfaith service overlooking The Dalles and a facility that detains migrants.
  • It began like most other days; I realized with great resignation that there were, as usual, many more items on my to-do list than hours and energy with which to complete them.

  • Craft bill for families
    The federal farm bill may sound like it deals only with tractors and crop rotation, but it impacts families heavily. The nation’s Catholic bishops and aid agencies have laid out sensible priorities for agriculture policy, still under debate in Congress after a dustup.
  • When your 10-month-old is stacking blocks, you might or might not care to participate. When she laughs uncontrollably, you can't help joining in.
  • Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called "Make Trouble."

  • In his address to the U.S. Congress, French President Emmanuel Macron reminded lawmakers to think about working to make the world greater and less about making America great.

  • In a recent homily, Bishop Robert E. Barron rightly identified two paramount values in our secular culture: being "inclusive" and being "nonjudgmental. Big problems emerge when a society tries to act on these ideas.

  • Catholics must engage in these debates with intellectual vigor, but with humility as well.
  • From the archives
    Every lie that is told is an insult to 14,000,000 Catholics in the United States, and Catholics will not pa­tiently bear such treatment from press or preacher.
  • Be like St. Paul. Cast your seeds in the online marketplace but do not be afraid to enter the Areopagus where your ideas and beliefs can be tried face to face. Done in charity, it will bear fruit.

  • This Mother's Day, if your parish adds anything to Mass, let it be words of love as wide as our Lord's. Prayers that celebrate motherhood as a calling. Blessings that comfort the sorrowful. Petitions that pray for the living and the dead.

  • An advocate for the Gospel of Life
    How to achieve great things and advance urgent messages in a world prepared to put up great resistance? Embrace family and friends who support you and give you a sense of perspective
  • I have encountered many Catholics who are deeply committed to ending abortion, but often have no hesitancy about going to war – which always involves killing countless innocent people. And on the other hand, I have encountered many deeply committed Catholic peace activists who are indifferent to the war of abortion waged against innocent unborn babies.

  • Dorm priests
    When I set off for college, the last thing I expected was a friendship with a priest, but that turned out to be part of what makes the experience here at U.P. so unique and beautiful.
  • Look beyond the cozy
    My confirmation started a transformation in me, a journey toward an individual faith.
  • Walking into an adoration chapel for me is a bit like what I imagine walking into heaven is like — quiet and peaceful. It is a place where I know God is present in a real and tangible way.

  • Don’t mess with our family
    We will let no one attack our siblings without getting a dose of the hot, righteous venom of our ink.
  • What is being proposed here is Robin Hood in reverse.

  • Immigrants’ humanity

    The immigration issue is complex, but militarizing our border without a clear plan of compassion for families is not welcoming the stranger.

  • We shouldn’t be afraid at school

    Once again, our country has started its ritual after a mass shooting, when we heavily debate gun control, but without any real changes. Instead of action, the argument continues.

  • Marching to victory
    Growing up in Portland, an event like this was wild beyond my imagination.
  • I walked down the aisle of the library, scanning the shelves for a book on drawing. As I grabbed a book for beginners, feelings of excitement and confidence swelled within me. I was going to be an artist.