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  • Close the distance, not the gate

    Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison, assessing the times, asks this question: “Why should we want to know a stranger when it is easier to estrange another?
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  • Radio commentary disappoints

    When I read the title of the article on Catholic Radio, “Catholic Radio helps listeners ‘feel at home in arms of God,’ EWTN host says,” (“On the Street Where You Live,” Oct. 12), I was confused.
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  • Eliminating automatic weapons

    Here is a perspective on mass shootings.
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  • Where does the statue controversy end?

    The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously Oct. 2 to consider the removal of the “Early Days” sculpture of the Pioneer Monument near Civic Center.
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  • ‘Keep working on love’

    “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is Richard Bach’s allegorical story about our search for meaning and perfection.
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  • Residents return home: There isn’t one

    The end is not the real end in the story of any tragedy when “good persons” are left behind.
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  • Fatima: A call to spiritual arms for the salvation and peace of the world

    At this significant moment in world history, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, understandably, much attention has been given to this supernatural phenomenon.
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  • Language as opening or closing our minds

    Thirty years ago, the American educator, Allan Bloom, wrote a book titled “The Closing of the American Mind.”
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  • Whose bourgeois morality?

    In the latest round of debate over “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that “the magisterium doesn’t bow to middle-class lobbies” and cited “Humanae Vitae” as an example of papal tough-mindedness in the face of bourgeois cultural pressures.
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  • Pray to Mary in trying times

    Perhaps I am in the minority but I did not feel Catholic San Francisco did a “hatchet job” on Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein (“Defending Sen. Feinstein,” Letters, Sept. 28).
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  • Healthy and unhealthy fear of God

    As a theologian, priest and preacher, I often get asked: “Why isn’t the church preaching more fear of God anymore? Why aren’t we preaching more about the dangers of going to hell? Why aren’t we preaching more about God’s anger and hellfire?”
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  • Fencing with bigots

    … being an imaginary dialogue between a nominee to a federal appeals court and members of the Committee on the Judiciary of what once imagined itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body”…
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  • Renewing devotion to Mary

    I very much appreciated the Aug. 17 CSF article about Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Archbishop Jose Gomez’ comments that “At Guadalupe, the Mother of God came to be the Mother of the Americas.”
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  • Dolan’s blast misdirected

    Cardinal Dolan’s remarks in New Orleans to over 400 priests were a tragic revelation of an intellectual deflection and a spiritual vacuum. How could such an educated guy miss the boat so badly?
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  • Catholic identity and San Domenico School

    It is with great sadness but little surprise that I read about the removal of sacred statues from the San Domenico campus. Forces to shed the school’s Catholic identity were already encroaching more than two decades ago when our first-born started her 14-year stint as an SD student.
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  • George Weigel’s ‘Lessons in Hope’

    George Weigel’s latest book, “Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II,” is the third panel in a great triptych he has composed in honor of the most consequential Catholic figure of the second half of the 20th century.
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  • Just behind the veil

    At the conclusion of the novel “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (the fifth of the series), Harry is mourning the death of Sirius Black, his godfather and close friend. The manner of death was being blown through a mysterious stone arch, a thin veil covering the entrance, behind which could be heard faint, whispering voices.
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  • Seeing the presence of God with CRS in Tanzania

    I feel so blessed to have been part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation that visited Tanzania at the end of August this year. For the past four years I have been promoting CRS programs for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, from Rice Bowl to Fair Trade products, disaster relief and breaking the cycle of poverty overseas.
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  • The transmigration of theological nonsense

    During the Long Lent of 2002, Sister Betsy Conway, who lived in the Bostonian epicenter of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, spoke for many self-identified progressive Catholics when she told syndicated columnist Michael Kelly, “This is our church, all of us, and we need to take it back.”
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  • Our struggle with riches

    A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life.
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