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Commentary

March 1, 2019  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Whenever we make small exceptions to universal moral rules, we shouldn’t be surprised that the rules themselves can be quickly undermined. Establishing an “exception” in one case makes people think they’re due an exemption for their case as well. Certain norms of moral behavior, however, do not admit of any exceptions, and we risk undermining morality altogether if we don’t recognize them. Moral norms governing the protection of human life are one such example.
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March 1, 2019  |  By ANDY BARTON
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy released a report in December entitled “Overlooked & Undercounted 2018” with very little fanfare. The information in the report is hugely important in understanding the reality of poverty in our communities, especially for families. The main takeaway is that the data used in defining poverty is flawed, leading to a dramatically understated number of families who are struggling to get by.
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February 14, 2019  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may tell them that their unborn child has a condition that is “incompatible with life.”
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February 14, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Milkweed for the MonarchWhile most gardeners are singing the winter blues in the month of February, the second month of the year is perfect for planning what to grow this spring. A well-designed perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plant materials and thoughtful planning can result in a full season of color and maybe save a species.
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February 14, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. In the wake of the ratification, the legislators and their supporters whooped, hollered, and cheered, a display depressingly similar to the jubilation that broke out in Ireland when a referendum legalizing abortion passed last year. 
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February 1, 2019  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voice mail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month, in the middle of SEEK 2019, the annual conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: Praying for Priests

A Mission for the New Evangelization
February 1, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
The purity of the church is undergoing a time of testing. While some are confused, others are angry. Still others are greatly discouraged, and not a few consider leaving because their faith has been badly wounded. While these may indeed be times that try men’s souls, as Thomas Paine said early in our American history, it is also the time for lay men and women to seize Heaven with their prayers for repentance and renewal.
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January 18, 2019  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
I've always appreciated the notion of self-care in an Oprah Winfrey, hot-baths-and-expensive-chocolates kind of way. We work so hard, the thinking goes, that we deserve a break here and there. So splurge on that full-price gift-to-yourself. Book the massage. Binge on the new season.
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