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  • Remembering ‘The Few’

    Seventy-five years ago, on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1940, Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine were driven from the prime minister’s country house, Chequers, to the nearby village of Uxbridge: A Royal Air Force station and the headquarters from which Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park was directing the RAF’s No. 11 Group against the onslaught of the German Luftwaffe in southern England.
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  • A-bombs unnecessary to win

    The United States can argue all it wants about the justification of dropping two atomic bombs on Japanese cities, which were packed with civilians, during World War II. However, in the age of the Internet, we can find out much more information than we ever could before.
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  • 40th anniversary of canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton observed

    On Sept. 14, 1975, Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. As he proclaimed the words “Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a saint!” the world paid homage to God for the good works Mother Seton accomplished in her lifetime.
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  • Christ’s cross is our hope

    This Sunday Jesus gives us the doctrine of the fruitfulness of His Cross – a beautiful preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sept. 14 and Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15.
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  • Dorothy Day: A saint for our time

    Sometime soon we will witness the canonization of Dorothy Day. For many of us a canonization draws little more than a yawn. So why should there be interest around the canonization of Dorothy Day – who in fact protested that she didn’t want people to consider her a saint and asserted that making someone a saint often helps neutralize his or her influence?
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  • Armchair ethicists and the A-bomb

    Calling himself a “peace columnist” does not allow him to spread slander about U.S. servicemen (“A-bomb chaplain’s conversion,” Aug. 14).
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  • Protecting the world for future generations

    On behalf of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, we call the attention of the people of the San Francisco archdiocese to the tremendously thoughtful and powerful encyclical on the environment recently published by Pope Francis at www.laudatosi.com.
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  • Role of altar servers

    The article was a reminder of when I was an altar boy during World War II. The altar boys would serve at Masses and could verbally send up prayers of adoration to heaven with the priest.
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  • Practicing ‘custody of the eyes’

    In Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, the Pharisees are up in arms (as usual) about their observations of Christ’s religious observance.
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  • Political correctness: Swallowing hard

    Just because something is politically correct doesn’t mean that it might not also be correct. Sometimes we have to swallow hard to accept truth.
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  • Point of no return

    To say that the graphic revelations of the past few weeks about Planned Parenthood selling fetal parts, organs and tissue have been disturbing, would be an understatement. Even to those familiar with its business operations, the callousness of what goes on behind the scenes was a shock. Thanks to the speed of the Internet, outrage swiftly spread through the general public, resulting in the federal and at least a dozen state governments opening hearings on the matter.
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  • Children of both heaven and earth

    “Because, my God, though I lack the soul-zeal and the sublime integrity of your saints, I yet have received from you an overwhelming sympathy for all that stirs within the dark mass of matter; because I know myself to be irremediably less a child of heaven and a son of earth.”
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  • Los Angeles auxiliaries

    As a San Francisco priest currently serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I found it rather disconcerting that CSF would feature an article (July 24) about only one of the three fine priests appointed auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the celebrity at that.
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  • Mary’s Assumption pertains to us

    Like every doctrine of faith, Mary’s assumption into heaven, body and soul, is about us too. Mary is our model in faith, charity and perfect union with Christ. She teaches us how to live in a faith-filled and loving way.
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  • A-bomb crew chaplain’s conversion

    Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment – the atomic bomb – was dropped by an American B-29 bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people.
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  • Tasting the ‘living bread’

    Marie is a extraordinary minister of holy Communion in her parish. Each Sunday she attends the 10 a.m. Mass.
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  • Pope’s call a teachable moment for Catholic schools

    It says something that one of Pope Francis’ first major documents should include scientific as well as theological references, and that it focuses on our planet and our responsibility, as Catholics, to care and share it.
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  • Secularization of human rights

    When we lose sight of the origin of human rights, we can easily have a false interpretation of those rights. Freedom of speech can become the license to say whatever we wish whenever we wish, giving no thought to prudence.
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  • Poor choice of words

    I find the wording of the headline above the front-page article regarding SB 126 (July 10) to be a poor choice.
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  • Protecting innocents in our ‘sanctuary city’

    The “sanctuary city” policies are helpful to the extent they do not discourage San Franciscans, whatever their immigration status, from reporting crimes, but recently they have been misused to shield a serial offender, with terrible results.
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