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  • Follow the money

    On Sept. 3, pro-life Susan B. Anthony List invited 2,000 congressional Democrats and their staffs to a Capitol Hill screening of the Planned Parenthood investigative videos released to date. Only nine staffers showed up. Why? Perhaps a quick look at the money flowing between Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats tells the story.
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  • Caring for our soul

    What does it profit you if you gain the whole world but suffer the loss of your own soul?
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  • How the marriage nullity process is changing

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process. The mass media, including even some
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  • Unity marks God’s kingdom

    In the Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for their “hardness of hearts.”
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  • Annulments: What is really changing?

    On Sept. 8, 2015, Pope Francis issued “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” (“The Lord Jesus, Gentle Judge,”) a document revising the marriage nullity process.
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  • Dorothy Day a voice for our times

    Father Ronald Rolheiser writes about Dorothy Day in your Sept. 11 issue, calling her truly an example for our time.
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  • Moral line crossed long before Hiroshima

    The debate over whether our dropping two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945 ended the war, and whether the Japanese were about to surrender anyway, will probably never be resolved.
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  • A-bomb lesson

    In condemning the atomic bombing of Japan, letter writer Richard Morasci (Sept. 11) says Japanese diplomats were trying to end the war and “did not want to fight to the last man standing.”
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  • The county clerk in Kentucky

    There is definitely a mixed reaction to the county clerk in Kentucky who took a personal stand against signing same-sex marriage licenses.
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  • God’s most amazing surprise

    At the Mass on Oct. 13, 2014 at St. Martha guesthouse in the Vatican, Pope Francis reflected on the God of surprises.
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  • Things beyond our imagination

    Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet. Scientifically, the odds are strongly against it. But, as a Christian, I believe there’s human life on other planets.
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  • Reflection on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Kent Grealish (letter, Aug. 28) is upset and angry with Tony Magliano for reporting the article on Father Zebelka, the A-bomb chaplain who indicated remorse for blessing the A-bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that resulted in the death of thousands of civilians and children.
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  • Workers, unions and ‘Caritas in Veritate’

    What is the responsibility of Catholic school teachers with regard to the spoken and lived representation of Catholic moral values?
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  • Popes in these United States

    The history of popes in these United States is full of surprises.
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  • Millions of refugees have no place to call home

    The heartbreaking photo of the little Syrian refugee boy washed up dead on the shore of Bodrum, Turkey (see picture: http://bit.ly/1PZHvDV) strikingly illustrates the tragic plight of desperate refugees – mostly Syrian – fleeing for their lives from the Islamic State and other violent groups in the Middle East and Africa.
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  • Our overstimulated grandiosity, our impoverished symbols

    There are now more than 7 billion people on this earth and each one of us feels that he or she is the center of the universe. That accounts for most of the problems we have in the world, in our neighborhoods, and in our families.
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  • Climate leadership: Finding the ‘insight and courage’ to move forward

    Nearly every state around the country has activities underway related to Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical “Laudato Si’”.
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  • God’s hand in our struggles

    Having grown up in a house full of boys (I am the third of four) I can easily picture the argument the Apostles were having along the road to Capernaum about who among them was the greatest.
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  • Hospitality and Catholic schools

    The academic year has just begun in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and once again Catholic schools have opened their doors and put out the welcome mat. It is that wonderful time of year when all involved in the schools get a fresh start in realizing all the promise inherent in the mission of Catholic education.
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  • Consenting to the unconscionable

    In recent years, scientists in industry and academia have come to rely on freshly obtained human tissue specimens for certain types of research and experimentation. Sometimes these tissues and organs can be obtained after routine surgeries like gall bladder removal from adults or foreskin removal during the circumcision of newborns.
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