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That’s a comment you’ll hear in some secular, ecumenical, and (tragically) Catholic eco circles. It’s a complaint most often directed at Catholic hierarchy here in the states and at … more
By Father Stephen Battey Each year on October 31, countless children dress up in all manner of costumes and visit their local community with the hopes of bringing home bags of sugary treats. While … more
The gentle sound of a Salvation Army volunteer’s bell at the market door, the stack of non-perishable food items left each Sunday morning in a church vestibule, the collation after a funeral Mass … more
You are not pro-life if you are not pro-peace. Killing another human being, even the enemy, even a murderer, flies in the face of the Author of life; it runs completely against the teachings of … more
Is it just my imagination, or is our world more divided and fractured than ever? It’s certainly true on a national level. Our country is fractured along political, racial and economic fault … more
An irony of the Protestant Reformation which commenced 500 years ago this month is that a movement founded on the absolute freedom of conscience resulted in the absolute right of a ruler to determine … more
In a large segment of the popular culture, there has been a disturbing analysis of recent events which tries to explain why there have been acts of reprehensible behavior, of violence, and betrayal. … more
Father Brian Morris A brave individual wrote a letter to the editor, which is being published in this week’s edition, in response to my article on Papal infallibility. May I first say how happy … more
At her final appearance to the children at Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary confidently and reassuringly declared, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” When the turmoil of the past one … more
“It’s the worst mass shooting in modern American history.” The above opening sentence is the exact lead sentence I used in a column last year, because last year’s mass shooting in an … more
The day after the Las Vegas shooting a first grader came to school with a few pages, carefully printed in the best first grade script she could manage. On the first page she had written, “Guns are … more
My arriving early for the 8 a.m. Saturday Mass at Sacred Heart Church allowed me time to examine closely the décor of the modest Romanesque building on Second Avenue in Woonsocket’s Fairmount … more
By Father Brian Morris You may have heard in the news recently about Catholic theologians offering a “filial correction” about Pope Francis’ document “Amoris Laetitia.” It has brought up … more
Today a few thoughts about building bridges and opening doors, themes which have appeared in religious news stories in the last few weeks. On a national, even international level, there’s been a … more
At some time in my youthful years, perhaps grammar school, perhaps high school, a prayer for vocations was circulated among the parishes and some dutiful teacher must have had his or her students … more
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to so many people whose lives have been shattered by the fearsome hurricanes of the last few weeks. We stand in solidarity with those in Florida, … more
Pope Francis, not unlike President Trump, has a knack for keeping people guessing about the true direction of his leadership. Last month the Pope shook his finger at persons who look to horoscopes, … more
It’s that special time of the year again when kids head back to school. And for those who have discovered the fun of learning, school is an adventure! But for millions of working children … more
Q. What is heaven going to be like? With so many different depictions of heaven in popular culture, it’s easy to see how some might want a little more clarity about what eternal life will be … more
The Wisdom Book of Ben Sira, a portion of which will be heard as the first reading this coming Sunday, deals mostly with moral instruction, that is, ancient Jewish wisdom, offered in the forms of … more
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