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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.
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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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February 3, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
The Netflix original series “The Crown,” which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, is just the kind of program that Americans in particular seem naturally to love. It features beautiful photography of palaces, processions, and formal receptions; and it provides a behind-the-scenes look at the ne plus ultra of the British aristocracy. Consider it Downton Abbey on steroids.
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February 3, 2017  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
Spend a day in a surgery waiting room and you’ll witness a hundred quiet acts of mercy.
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January 20, 2017  |  
Don Currey was a 30-year-old graduate student when he cut down the world’s oldest tree.
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January 20, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Wind-Damaged TreesThe aftermath of the wind storm leaves many homeowners living in the Diocese of Colorado Springs asking, “Can these trees be saved?” The wind left trees broken, torn, gouged, stripped and shredded. At first glance it may look hopeless but unless the tree has been completely uprooted: patience and proper care is critical.
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January 20, 2017  |  By DAVE KOTTLER

"Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective." Gilbert K. Chesterton


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January 20, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate towards arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy. Because women are frequently the immediate guardians of the next generation, they have a particular need to ascertain if there will be steady support from a man prior to giving themselves sexually to him. The bond of marriage is ordered towards securing this critical element of ongoing commitment and support. Cohabitation, where a man and woman decide to live together and engage in sexual relations without marriage, raises a host of issues and concerns. Sex, of course, has a certain power all its own, and both sides may be tempted to play with it in ways that are potentially damaging, all the more so when they decide to cohabit.
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