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  • How Catholics can invest in their faith — and make money

    There’s a growing trend in the investment community that advances shareholders’ beliefs — without compromising their returns. Using a strategy known as “socially responsible investing,” investors direct capital towards companies that yield positive social change — and solid returns. Between 2012 and 2014, assets under socially responsible investing grew an

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  • Look to our religious leaders for a climate change Plan B

    Look to our religious leaders for a climate change Plan B

    In the lead-up to the Paris climate change summit, US President Barack Obama recently said, “We only get one planet. There’s no Plan B.” Of course he’s right — there’s no other planet we can retreat to. Obama’s statement emphasized the urgent need for international agreement in Paris to minimize

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  • Why don’t Catholics read the Bible?

    Why don’t Catholics read the Bible?

    The independent fundamentalist church I went to as a boy gave me a fantastic amount of Bible knowledge. There were Bible drills in Sunday School, Bible memory contests, and Bible quizzes, not to mention a complete grounding in all the characters and exciting stories from the Bible. As I got

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  • November remembrances

    November remembrances

    The month of November is a blessed time of remembrance for those who have died, marked in liturgy, in prayer and in our hearts. Here in New England, with the beauty of the autumn blaze of gold, red, and orange now fading, the season itself seems to reflect this time

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  • The Eucharist: A prize for the just or medicine for sinners?

    The heated debates in the Synod of Bishops regarding the possibility of divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion have opened up a series of other important discussions, especially concerning the relationship between mercy and justice and between charity and truth. How can these seemingly opposing principles be lived out

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  • Dear Synod Fathers: You missed a step

    Something is missing from the two trajectories emerging from the Vatican’s Synod on the Family. The first trajectory emphasizes reaching out to the “lost sheep” where sex and marriage are concerned. The second (dubbed the “Yes We Can!” plan by John L. Allen Jr.) — holds that people can really

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