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  • From a communications point of view, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a shipwreck

    From a communications point of view, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a shipwreck

    Good communicators not only deal with facts, they also deal with appearances. They predict confusing or negative perceptions and navigate around them. This hasn’t been the case with ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the document by Pope Francis on marriage and the family. The debate over a footnote means the rest of the positive and affirming message on Christian love and the sacrament of matrimony has been lost in the controversy.

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  • As a Church, we should value new and existing members

    As a Church, we should value new and existing members

    Famous convert G.K. Chesterton once said the genius of the Church is that it doesn’t compromise, but embraces the extremes. His words should be remembered when we talk about converts to Catholicism, and the gifts they bring; which are often different than the gifts of cradle Catholics.

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  • Why can’t pro-Life Democrats stay out of the news?

    Why can’t pro-Life Democrats stay out of the news?

    Nearly 20 million Democrats identify as pro-life. Millions more identify as pro-choice but nevertheless favor restrictions (like a 20-week limit) that abortion rights activists find anathema. So why do pro-life Democrats have so little influence in the party?

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  • After Charlottesville and Barcelona, eclipse recalls our common home

    In the wake of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and Barcelona in recent days, the reality of hate and division can seem overwhelming. Monday’s eclipse, however, reminds us that we all share one world, we are one human family, and we have work to do.

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  • Catholic wisdom isn’t about a date on a baptismal certificate

    Catholic wisdom isn’t about a date on a baptismal certificate

    David Mills recently suggested that converts to Catholicism should “stop talking so much.” Does he really mean that to apply to figures such as Augustine, Newman, Whittaker Chambers, Malcolm Muggeridge, Walker Percy and Elizabeth Fox-Genvese? The bottom line is that Catholic wisdom doesn’t correlate with the date on one’s baptismal certificate.

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  • Why we all need a Summer in the Forest

    Why we all need a Summer in the Forest

    L’Arche has revolutionized care for a whole category of human beings, doing for the disabled what the hospice movement – another Christian revolution – has done for the terminally ill. ‘Summer in the Forest’ is a slow-burning, at times tear-inducing, but always joyful documentary that takes us into the heart of L’Arche through the lives of some of the early residents with whom Jean Vanier first built the community, as well as others who came later.

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