Catholic News & Perspective

January 2019

Jan 23

Looking ahead to February's abuse summit

By: Russell Shaw OSV Newsweekly A high-level international meeting on clerical sexual abuse, summoned by Pope Francis to take place at the Vatican in February, is simultaneously generating high hopes and notably modest expectations concerning what it will — or won’t — accomplish. On the one hand, boosters hope the meeting will...
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Jan 21

Avoiding extremes

By: Teresa Tomeo OSV Newsweekly “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” That famous line from Bette Davis’ feisty character in the classic 1950 film “All About Eve” can certainly be applied to what we’ve experienced and continue to experience in the Catholic Church. We’ve had...
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Jan 18

Opening the Word: The Bridegroom

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly The feast of the Epiphany has traditionally been a celebration of three significant moments in the life of Christ. First, the Church remembers the coming of the Magi from among the Gentiles, revealing to the world that the babbling babe is the great king of all the nations. Second, the Church...
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Jan 16

Larger issues await beyond wall, shutdown

By: Brian Fraga OSV Newsweekly Immigration, in normal political circumstances, polarizes the electorate and generates more heat than light in the national media. But, in the early weeks of 2019, the immigration issue has literally shut down the United States government. As of early January, President Donald Trump was refusing to sign any...
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Jan 14

Hope in the ordinary

By: Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly I always think of the opening line to Snoopy’s first novel in the old “Peanuts” cartoon: “It was a dark and stormy night.” On Dec. 26, at 12:01 a.m., the lights go out in Indiana. The Christmas trees are out in the gutter, the Nativity scenes are once again in the back of the...
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Jan 11

Opening the Word: Unsentimental feast

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly 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,...
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Jan 9

The Church and basic income proposals

By: Don Clemmer OSV Newsweekly Anxiety over getting replaced in a job can be a powerful impetus for people and lead to radical outcomes. Donald Trump successfully campaigned for the presidency in 2016 by appealing to voters who’d seen their livelihoods in the coal industry go away. But such concerns span beyond how Americans produce their...
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Jan 7

St. Cecilia Dominicans

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion OSV Newsweekly Talk about good news. I recently received the quarterly magazine published by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville. Last summer, 11 new sisters professed perpetual vows in the community, and another 13 professed first vows. (Perpetual vows are for life. First vows are for...
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Jan 4

Opening the Word: Honoring the family

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Advertising tends to romanticize family life. Christmas meals are celebrated on pristine tables, while adults, teens and children share a bucolic feast. This romantic commercialization of the family can creep into our understanding of Jesus’ family. We imagine a saccharine picture of a perfect...
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Jan 2

Diocesan WYD celebrations blend local, universal Church

By: Paul Senz OSV Newsweekly From Jan. 22-27, millions of young Catholics will convene in Panama City, Panama, for World Youth Day. They will come from all over the globe, from every inhabited continent, and just about every country. But many more will be staying home, unable to make the trek to Panama. It was announced in 2017 that the 2019...
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