Priestly ministry has always faced many challenges: lapsed Catholics, disgruntled volunteers, Diocesan policy, the Devil…. But in the world of today, the biggest challenge can be multiple locations. Many priests are shared between two, three, even four parishes. In my case I split time between two offices. That can lead to lots of frustrations. Maybe [...]
“I am free to make my own choices” is a statement that is rings true to us. The fact that we have freedom is evident not only in our sense of our own life, but also because all the people around us, most of the time, act as if they had free will.
In our [...]
Pope Benedict has asked the whole Church to celebrate this year as a Year of Faith, which began with a Mass on October 11th, 2012, exactly fifty years from the opening ceremony of the Second Vatican Council. In 1962 it felt as if the Church was living in the past, because she had not fully [...]
The recent birth control mandate of the US government forces the Church to face a serious decision. Beginning in August of 2013, every private insurance plan will have to cover sterilizations, contraceptives, and drugs that cause abortions. The exemption is extremely narrow, about the size of the eye of a needle. It exempts churches [...]
The economies of the United States and Europe have not left the recession they entered when the bubble on real-estate burst. It is looking less and less likely that real economic progress will happen any time soon, since the so-called first world has a birth rate too low to cause real expansion to [...]
Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and burned and sunk to the sea floor on 20 April 2010, the world has been watching a terrible tragedy unfold. Oil continues to leak from an unstoppable deep-sea gusher. The big question that seems to be on people’s minds is, “What went wrong?” A congressional investigation is [...]
Halloween is the perfect time to reflect on the strange new popularity of zombies and vampires. The early vampire movies depicted creepy old men sucking the blood of young women while they slept. They were a form of undead that had to sleep during the day to avoid the killing power of sunlight. But the [...]
Hollywood is churning out more and more films that destroy the world. The classic nuclear holocaust and radioactive winter has lost popularity recently, but climate change might cause floods of biblical proportions or a new ice age. Gigantic meteors could pulverize the earth. When the possibility of natural disasters [...]
The news recently reported that Pfizer (maker of Viagra, Zoloft, Lipitor, and other commercials) and had been fined $2.3 billion. Apparently they were promoting drugs by inviting doctors to “consultant meetings” at resort locations, paying their expenses and providing perks, including free golf and massages. (Devlin Barrett, Green Bay Press Gazette, “Pfizer to pay record [...]
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