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March 17, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Every community, inevitably, has a value or set of values that it considers fundamental, some basic good which positions every other claim to goodness. For most of the modern liberal democracies, for example, freedom and equality play this determining role in the moral discourse. In Communist societies, economic justice, construed as the elimination of the class structure, would provide such a foundation. In the context of German National Socialism, the defense of the Fatherland and the will of the Führer anchored the moral system, however corrupt.
A few days ago I met a very little girl who made a big impression on me. Grace and her older brother Benedict suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has resulted in serious hearing impairment and limited physical growth.

THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Making Sense of the Senseless

“Religion and the Global Resurgence of Violence: Connection of the Abrahamics" by Father Kizito Chike Osudibia
March 3, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
As people of Catholic faith, our hearts are torn by the near-daily litany of violence perpetrated by religious fanatics. That much of this religious terrorism is currently perpetrated by one “Abrahamic” religion is a combination of historical and religious factors; that this long saga sadly includes all three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) causes us to wonder why such violence occurs, and if there is any clear way to end it.
March 3, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism.
Over Christmas, two of my family members were talking about a mutual friend who, though chronically ill, routinely does heroic acts of kindness for others.
February 17, 2017  |  
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: MonardaThe month of March is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to plan and choose which plants will make the list to add to the landscape this year. Monarda is a versatile herbaceous perennial that should be considered for a spot in the top ten.
February 17, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam.
February 17, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON

This month I would like to begin with a story.  A pregnant mother walks into a clinic seeking an abortion.  She is undocumented, originally from Guatemala.  She receives counseling and instead of an abortion chooses to give birth to her son, Mateo.  The mother moves in with Mateo’s father, finds work off and on, is a victim of domestic abuse and eventually moves out.  She and Mateo couch surf and live in shelters for most of the boy’s youth. 

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