Catholic News & Perspective

June 2021

Jun 30

In the Body of Christ, we each have a unique role to play. But do we live it out?

By: Bill Dodds Putting it politely, you’re a snowflake. Or, more bluntly, an oddball. Both are true and neither is your fault. If you have to blame someone, blame God. He’s guilty as charged. And, one assumes, more than a little pleased with it. What we have here is a conspiracy: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Blessed Trinity, in...
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Jun 28

A lesson from the old Canadian school system

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Receiving more attention in the United States is the Church’s role in a system underway for generations in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, describing himself as a Catholic, declared his disappointment at the way the Church has responded to complaints and denunciations regarding the system. Pope...
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Jun 25

Opening the Word: Death’s destruction

By: Timothy P. O'Malley “God did not make death …”  (Wis 1:13).  In this single verse, the Book of Wisdom clears away the well-intentioned (albeit false) pieties of so many Catholics.  You attend a funeral. You hear a friend, a neighbor, perhaps even the priest saying, “God must have taken them at the...
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Jun 23

Bishop says norms were never intent of potential document on Eucharist

By: Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — Creating national norms was never the intent behind a proposal to write a new statement on the Eucharist, said Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. “We proposed a national policy for applying Canons 915 and 916, the...
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Jun 21

Eucharistic coherence’ and the Church’s mission

By: Father Harrison Ayre The current debate surrounding the idea of Eucharistic coherence rightly is being described as central to the future of the Church in the United States. But, given all the public back-and-forth and controversy over the topic’s impending discussion at this week’s gathering of U.S. bishops, if somehow it is a...
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Jun 18

Opening the Word: Jesus is Lord

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Who stills the roaring seas? Who controls the liquid chaos of the oceans?  For a Jewish reader of the Bible, the answer is patent. It is the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.  The God who separated the chaotic waters at creation.  The God who brought righteous Noah safely through a flood. ...
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Jun 16

To my little brother on his wedding day

By: Ava Lalor I have the honor of being the oldest sister to my three siblings. Justin, the closest in age to me, is almost 23 and a recent college graduate. Ben finished high school a couple years back and is now 20. Then there’s Bekah, the sister I waited almost 10 years for, who is 15 and enjoying summer break after completing her...
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Jun 14

Celebrating a vocation

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion I mean this. May 21 was the 55th anniversary of my ordination. I would not surrender one hour of my 55 years as a priest.  Several modest but meaningful events to commemorate the occasion led me to think about God’s goodness to me, and to so many others, and how differently lives unfold. My extended family...
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Jun 11

Opening the Word: The supreme generosity of new life in God

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Although their rhetoric is often ecstatically hopeful, prophets will not let Israel forget the source of their fortune. The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.  The prophet Ezekiel speaks to Israel in exile, the chosen people longing to return to the promised land. God is about to do something wonderful for...
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Jun 9

With world still in knots, pope turns to Mary with prayers

By: Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reaching the finish line of a monthlong Rosary marathon, Pope Francis again turned to Mary, asking her to untie specific knots that have individuals and the whole world tangled in suffering and difficulty, either because of the COVID-19 pandemic or people’s selfish reactions to it. A German...
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Jun 7

‘A herculean effort’: What Catholic schools learned amid the pandemic

By: Brian Fraga The best compliment that Patrick Boyden has received from parents and teachers is that this school year has felt pretty close to normal. “The kids have been talking about the normal school things: how much homework they have, the drama with their friends. It’s nice that our students, our families and teachers are able...
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Jun 4

Opening the Word: The Eucharist and the Church

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Polls from Gallup and Pew tell what seems a disastrous story relative to the Church. Everyone seems to be disaffiliating from both mainline Protestantism and Catholicism alike. They leave because they disagree with Church teaching on sexual issues, perceive a clash between science and religion, are fed up with the...
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