Archive for The Church in America

RealClearReligion: Pope Francis, Please Prosecute

By Maureen Ferguson Fyodor Dostoyevsky observes in his novel The House of the Dead, “Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything.” As the bishops of the Catholic Church convene in Baltimore this week to address the abuse crisis, Dostoyevsky’s reflection on human nature…

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CNA: A mother’s reflections on the youth synod

By Grazie Pozo Christie As a Catholic mother of five young people, I have been watching the Youth Synod with great interest and praying for its success. My husband and I have experienced just how difficult it is to transmit a joyful and living faith…

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Washington Times: The ‘strong right arm’ of the Catholic Church

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer “Faith and charity in action” is the best way to describe what the Knights of Columbus have been committed to since their inception more than 130 years ago. As the organization prepares for its annual conference this week, a look at their influence around…

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CNA: Why I signed the women’s letter to the pope

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Despite feeling humiliated and betrayed as a faithful Catholic, I am thankful for our summer of shame. I am grateful that a Pennsylvania grand jury revealed decades of clerical sexual abuse in the state, and grateful for the loud public demands for a…

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Examiner: How an American Catholic organization has helped persecuted Middle East Christians

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Most people know that Christians in the Middle East have recently endured severe persecution at the hands of ISIS. But most people don’t know that, for years, a brotherhood of men have been quietly and vigilantly working behind the scenes on behalf…

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Philly Inquirer: Faith-based foster care should not be abandoned

By Grazie Pozo Christie Child welfare advocates across the country are right to be concerned after a recent court order allowed Philadelphia to suspend its contract with Catholic Social Services, a faith-based foster care agency. It is yet another example of the growing trend in America…

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WSJ: The Controversial Text That Saved Me

By Ashley McGuire I first read “Humanae Vitae”—which Pope Paul VI published 50 years ago July 29—when I was 21. As a senior at Tufts University, hardly a bastion of Christian belief, sheer curiosity brought me to the controversial papal encyclical. I knew only that…

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Washington Times: Brett Kavanaugh’s priorities are faith and family

By Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer – – Tuesday, July 17, 2018 President Trump just introduced to the nation his nominee for the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh then introduced the nation to someone perhaps a bit unexpected: Monsignor John Enzler. In a short and…

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The Stream: ‘Examples of Light’: The Women of TCA

What do a lawyer, an author, a senior policy advisor and a doctor have in common? They’re the women at the helm of The Catholic Association (TCA). It’s a non-profit group dedicated to being “a faithful Catholic voice in the public square.” These women aren’t…

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Examiner: Conor Lamb’s whopper of a lie on Catholicism and abortion

By Maureen Ferguson Remember when President Barack Obama insulted small-town Pennsylvania voters by saying they bitterly “cling to guns or religion”? In next week’s special election, there is a strange new twist to this condescending attitude towards people of faith coming from the Democratic congressional…

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