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  • Dangerous lies

    In 2010, Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner, who served in the White House under Ronald Reagan and both Bush presidents, wrote a book, “The City of Man,” about Christianity and politics. Christians, they wrote, best influence public policy by speaking and acting with grace and truth.

  • Every Monday morning for the past 30 years, members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker community in Washington, D.C. have been making their way across the Potomac River to pray and nonviolently witness for peace in front of the most symbolic war planning, war-making headquarters on earth: the Pentagon.

  • We were blessed to have him
    Cardinal George was a shining beacon in the church. His leadership, his intellectual integrity and rigor, his witness of resilience and steadfastness in the faith, are tremendous examples for the faithful to follow.
  • The souls we meet

    In upstate New York, a slim young nature lover who looked like St. Francis stopped on the roadside and handed us bananas and cupcakes just purchased from a meager budget. He cooked us a meal as we lounged in his tree house.

  • Thank God for ‘scary’ immigrants

    There is a lot of fear-mongering these days about immigrants. We’re told that we should fear them because they’re dangerous, untrustworthy criminals out to get us. I don’t really feel that way, but maybe it’s because I was born in an immigrant family.

  • He used you
    I find it totally hypocritical for the Catholic Sentinel to feature Sen. Jeff Merkley in a half-page article.
  • From the Archives
    The frugal, thrifty, industrious Italian is to do for us even more than was done for us by the Irish.
  • A new reader
    As a Presbyterian, it was the first time I had seen the paper.
  • Legal migrants
    I dare Catholics also to pray for ICE agents, border patrol, and national security personnel.
  • I noted contrast
    I was struck by the contrast on facing pages.
  • Perhaps next year you could also include the home parishes of the Catholic high school students.
  • Behind scenes
    There are so many people, myself included, who labor behind the scenes to fulfill the Lord’s work and the mission of the church.
  • 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.
  • ‘Let us begin’

    We are hearing the voice of young people — the students who have experienced school shootings — because not only their dignity but their very lives are in jeopardy. It is the adults, especially those in the church, whose voices are muted and muffled.

  • 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."

  • Historian: Medieval reform proposals can help current abuse crisis
    A radical program of reform addressing the widespread problem of abusive clergy and negligent superiors in the 11th century holds some essential insights and lessons for the church today, a church historian has said.
  • 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.

  • Long lines
    It’s worse than waiting in the checkout at Freddy’s.
  • You spread lies
    When the church starts basing its social teaching on falsehoods it will go the way of the Marxist and communist left, whose mantra has always been that the truth is whatever serves the cause.
  • Our dear Immaculata was always called an ‘academy’
    We “oldies” from pre-1958 will always be alums of Immaculata Academy.
  • 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.

  • Cry of children

    We are all God’s children. God hears the cry of the children and their parents. Do we? It is time to listen, stand up and speak out.

    John Kingery

  • Heavy heart

    This dictate has taken our God of abundance, who fed the crowds with five loaves and two fish so they wouldn’t go away hungry, to a God of scarcity.

  • 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.
  • Think out of box
    I would challenge her and all others who see social justice problems in our society to think outside the box.
  • Work requirements to qualify for government aid: How well does it work?

    WASHINGTON — Ever since the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 -- longhand for "welfare reform" -- became law, the federal government has imposed work requirements for adults receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money.

  • Compassion time
    I am also familiar with Jesus’ teaching that loving God and loving neighbor are the two greatest commandments.
  • Use right term
    I seem to recall that the church is very strict about these lay people being referred to only as “extraordinary ministers of holy Communion” and nothing else.
  • 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.

  • Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

    VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.

  • 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.”
  • As immigration woes rise, lawmakers can't agree on solutions

    WASHINGTON — Bipartisan disagreement on how to fix the country's immigration system led to failure once again as lawmakers on Capitol Hill turned down one immigration bill June 21 and postponed a vote on a second proposal, which also has a slim opportunity of passing.

  •  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.”

  • Truly present
    After reading this article, I think I will always receive in the mouth.
  • Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

    WASHINGTON — Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said he will no longer exercise any public ministry "in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager almost 50 years ago has been found credible.

  • Nothing sacred?
    The fashions were sexual and provocative. Some “stars” were in sensual and immoral poses.
  • A celebration?

    In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the successful ousting of the French incursion, a struggle for independence, a defeat of the European powers and a reversal of the conquest of Mexico. 

  • Need I kneel?
    Please understand that the faithful find God whether standing, sitting or kneeling.
  • Sign petition now
    If you have not yet signed this petition please go ASAP to www.stopthefunding.org/home/sign-the-petiton/ to sign
  • 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.

  • Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

    VATICAN CITY — Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace.

  • 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.
  • Greater reverence
    This action certainly will result in greater reverence at the time of Communion.
  • A form of justice
    We are to love our neighbor as ourselves, but the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God.