Catholic News & Perspective

October 2019

Oct 30

Safe injection sites fail the medical ethics ‘sniff test’

When a federal judge ruled Oct. 2 that Philadelphia’s proposed safe injection site would not violate current law, the court overlooked a few key pieces of evidence. Safe injection sites are not only ineffective at getting people clean, but in the process, they fail to pass the medical ethics “sniff test.” Proponents say the...
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Oct 28

When is silence not golden?

By: Teresa Tomeo We all can use more silence in our lives. We live in a culture bombarded by all kinds of noise and distractions. I should know. My first book, published over 12 years ago, was entitled “Noise” and was filled with statistic after statistic and story after story concerning how we are attached at the hip to our TVs,...
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Oct 25

Opening the Word: Who is the Pharisee?

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley At the time of Jesus, the Pharisee was a son of Israel who toook the Law seriously.  Aware of the temptation of religious impurity, the Pharisese lived a life devoted to the Law, fulfilling the Law with even more intensity than required.  We might say that the Pharisee approached the Law with evangelical...
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Oct 23

Turkey’s invasion of Syria strikes a blow against Christians

By: Edward Clancy President Donald Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria effectively greenlit Turkey’s invasion of the region. With this shift in U.S. policy, Turkey has been given an opening to reshape its borders and begin to carry out a multi-faceted strategy. As the crisis unfolds, one thing is clear:...
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Oct 21

Not so great expectations

By: Teresa Tomeo Most moms and dads have great dreams for their children to grow up and do something that matters. From a Catholic perspective, that means discovering and fulfilling God’s will for their lives. It’s recognizing our gifts and using those gifts to leave a positive mark on the world; to make a difference. Perhaps...
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Oct 18

Opening the Word: The myth of self-reliance

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Nineteenth-century American thought often praised the virtue of self-reliance. The self-reliant person was not dependent on any person for his or her flourishing. Such a person was able to make one’s own way in the world, generate income through hard work and live as one pleased. The self-reliant person could leave...
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Oct 16

Sins against the Sixth Commandment at the root of clericalism

By: Dr. Greg Popcak Pope Francis is well-known for his attacks against clericalism — the tendency for clergy to act as if they are better than the laity and deserving of special treatment. It is because of Pope Francis’ ongoing, righteous campaign against clericalism that I was gob-smacked to read the comments he made on his recent...
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Oct 14

Lessons to be learned from Halloween, All Saints Day

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion I have a routine. Every year on Oct. 31 I go to the nearby drugstore and buy several bags of candy. Then, when I reach my home, I position a chair near the front door. Evening comes. I take my seat in the chair and wait. Soon, the doorbell rings. Costumed children are on the doorstep when I open the door. I offer them...
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Oct 11

Opening the Word: Salvific gratitude

By: Timothy P. O'Malley We form our children from an early age to express gratitude. When we fetch them a cup of water and an afternoon snack, we teach them to say, “Thank you.” This, after all, is part of possessing good manners. As the child develops, of course, we hope that this thankfulness does not continue as a mere formality,...
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Oct 9

Pro-life leaders say drop in abortion rate worth celebrating, but grave concerns remain

By: Brian Fraga A recent Guttmacher Institute report indicates that the national abortion rate is at its lowest point since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973. “That’s definitely a reason to celebrate,” said Tessa Longbons, a research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research and educational arm of...
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Oct 7

British royalty at Newman canonization

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion In a few days, Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized as a saint, and Britain’s Prince Charles is scheduled to attend. The prince’s presence has been reported as if it will be a major shift in relations between the United Kingdom and its Royal Family and the Roman Catholic Church, quite novel and...
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Oct 4

Opening the Word: The problem of a pure gift

By: Timothy P. O'Malley One of the major questions that has occupied the attention of philosophers in the 20th century is whether it’s possible to offer a pure gift. What’s meant by a pure gift? A pure gift is something that is given by a person without any strings attached. A parent would feed and love a child without any...
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Oct 2

Texas bishop says he is saddened that defending the Gospel is considered ‘bold’

By: Michael R. Heinlein But Bishop Strickland’s staunch defense of Church teaching and strong advocacy for transparency in the wake of the recent clergy abuse scandals — more widely pronounced in recent years thanks to social media — really can’t be described as anything but. While he speaks simply and almost...
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