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  • Sisters call for gun legislation
    The Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, and the Sisters of St. Dominic of Tacoma are calling for legislation to curb gun violence.
  • For the past month, I’ve been toting around a new book by Catholic speaker and author Chris Stefanick called “I Am,” and it has been a game-changer.
  • Palm Sunday half marathoning
    “With palms let us welcome the Lord as he comes, with songs and hymns let us run to meet him, as we offer him our joyful worship and sing: Blessed be the Lord!” That’s from the Benedictus Antiphon.
  • Our greatest spiritual teachers can be our nearest and dearest. The familiar ones with whom we share sinks and sheets and silverware.

  • It was a bad afternoon at the ad agency. I was just finishing up a creative brief for a denture adhesive ad campaign when my boss came by to tell me about a new client, smokeless tobacco from Sweden.

  • So what do we do, since we must do something? The policy debate continues, and I hope it includes discussion of the loneliness and alienation of boys in our society.
  • “To call the world’s nuclear situation dire is to understate the danger and its immediacy,” warned Rachel Bronson, Ph.D., president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
  • From the Archives

    To say the spectators were sur­prised at the ability of the youth­ful thespians would be putting it mildly. 

  • Simple acts
    Ah, so simple, yet so complete, truly God-centered.
  • FBI memories
    Thenceforth, he began hiring only men of the Catholic faith. Naturally, the discovery of this ended the practice.
  • It failed to identify those supposed conservatives who actually advocate that the end justifies the means.

  • Practice peace
    Nonviolence and right to life filled the pages of the Feb 2. Catholic Sentinel with hope and inspiration.
  • God has a plan

    All humans are created by God. All humans have souls created by God. God controls this area 100 percent, not man.

  • Don't forget biology and psychology
    Human sexuality is a miracle and a mystery.
  • Darker side to story?
    We cannot ignore that Nestle, the parent company of Gerber and Gerber Life Insurance, repeatedly acts with greed that harms human life and our planet, and, at the very worst, may be using Lucas as a smoke screen.
  • Comprehensive approach

    Students from local Catholic high schools are joining their peers around America to voice fear and anger over mass shootings. We should listen. They are right. At its core, this is a dignity of life issue.

  • Dreams, justice, solidarity

    On Feb. 10, 50 people attended Dreams, Justice and Solidarity, an event at the Portland Commmunity College Rock Creek Campus. The powerful, engaging, community event was a collaborative effort of Jhoana Monroy-Espinosa and Petrona Dominguez from PCC Rock Creek and St. Juan Diego parishioners Mary Davidson and myself.

    WASHINGTON — “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” St. Francis’ signature quote sprang to life as I met the man who took Francis’ name to the papacy. There were more than 300 people in the room, all who received the opportunity to shake hands with the Holy Father. His simple greeting taught me so much as a Catholic and challenged me to grow as a person.
  • Three cheers for Lucas
    There are plenty of physicians and ethicists with a utilitarian streak who work to eliminate some of the happiest and most loving people on earth. I am sure these experts are very smart. But then all the wars, genocides and pogroms in history were started by people who are very smart.
  • Each year human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infects about 50,000 people in the United States, and more than two million worldwide. Reducing the number of infections with this virus, which causes AIDS, is a high priority for public health officials.  Some strategies to reach this goal, however, raise significant moral concerns.
  • The Marycrest choir started earlier than you implied
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Allegras choir from my alma mater, Marycrest. However, I was also taken aback and somewhat insulted.
  • Show mercy
    That any woman considers abortion begs the question: Before conception, where were her family, her physician, her impregnator, her faith community and her clergy?
  • At the annual tri-faith conversation this year at St. Mary Cathedral, Rabbi Michael Cahana said something ostensibly shocking: “Politics, these days, is more important than religion.”
  • Your paper is obliged to present clear Catholic teaching

    Because of your newspaper’s office to teach and educate Catholics, you have a responsibility to present clear, authentic Catholic teaching to avoid harm to the souls of your readers.

  • Callie’s journey
    TIGARD — Callie was a small, three-year-old Maltipoo who took on the important role of lovingly supporting her “mom” who was fighting pancreatic cancer.
  • Learn from each other
    At last month’s Encuentro meeting in Salem, Archbishop Alexander Sample’s call for unity in the church was met with emotional applause and a few tears from the region’s Hispanic Catholic leaders.
  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Lent began on St. Valentine’s Day. I don’t believe this was merely a cosmic calendar coincidence. Rather, I think it’s possible that the Sovereign Scheduler On High is encouraging us to journey with him on the Way of Love during this penitential season.

  • On size of family, trust in God
    We have to trust that God loves our children more than we do, that he has numbered the hairs on their heads, and that he created them to glorify him.
  • In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice. A few years ago on Nightline, Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: “We’re talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that’s their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don’t want that. Others want out!”
  • There is an ongoing debate in our home on how well my husband can hear. He doesn't always catch the conversation, and particularly so in noisy venues. Sometimes I will loudly convey a message from the bottom of the stairs to his office upstairs.
  • Objections raised over Notre Dame's new change on contraceptive coverage

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An Indiana bishop said he supports the University of Notre Dame's Feb. 7 decision to stop coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and add natural family planning services to the school's health plan, but he said coverage of artificial birth control by a Catholic institution is unacceptable.

  • One Sunday after Mass when I was 13 years old, I told my dad that I wasn't sure if I believed that Jesus was really in the Eucharist.

  • Actions Speak Louder
    “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” St. Francis’s signature quote sprang to life as I met the man who took Francis’s name to the Papacy. There were over three hundred people in the room, all who received the opportunity to shake hands with the Holy Father. His simple greeting taught me so much as a Catholic and challenged me to grow as a person.
  • The biggest news at the Golden Globes this year was not which television series won the most honors. It was Oprah Winfrey's speech, saying of the "brutally powerful men" in Hollywood who have sexually harassed and abused women: "Their time is up!"

  • The 'bitter pill' of false liberation

    A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women.

  • From the Archives
    While we have made great progress in the sciences and mechanical arts, we have dwarfed the noblest qualities of the mind. We have attended to our material and bodily wants but we have stifled the ethereal longings of the soul.
  • A first experience with Portland’s right to life rally
    I also was surprised to find out that Oregon is the only state in the country that has no restrictions on abortions. A baby could be aborted here right up to birth.
  • Opioids prescribed irresponsibly
    I had bottles and bottles of Oxy that I had to turn in to get rid of them. They were prescribed post-surgery even though I didn’t need that level of pain control.
  • The church is the founder of modern health care. And in the United States, Catholics are original proponents of expanding access to medicine. So it has been grueling to see government health initiatives chip away at Catholic conscience.
  • Winning the world for Christ
    Imagine thousands of young men and women sprinting to confession and receiving God’s ever-flowing love and mercy.
  • Time for a bipartisan repeal of the death penalty

    This Catholic Republican is grateful to see my church and my party taking initiative on this life-or-death issue. It is time to pass a strong, bipartisan repeal of the death penalty like Senate Bill 5354.

  • Sleeping on the couch
    But I’m not sure there’s a good reason to have a full-blown argument every other day, let alone more than once a day like in Wyoming.
  • How we come to know God? Faith and prayer for sure, but the physical world also provides material signs of his presence.

  • The ecclesial imperative of educating Hispanic children in Catholic schools

    Millions of Catholics in the United States were educated in Catholic schools during the past two centuries. It is no secret that such education has yielded amazing fruits for this particular faith community and for the larger society.

  • How can the church support young people during the 'defining decade'?

    Pope Francis has called a synod on "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" to discuss how the church can help young people live their faith "through a series of choices that find expression in the states of life." In short, the synod wants to help young people live out their vocation to holiness as lifelong adult Catholics by learning how to discern God's will in daily life.

  • Even after working on an issue for decades, you can come across one thing that shifts your perception of what it's about. That happened to me recently on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, thanks to an intrepid Swedish investigator named Fabian Stahle.

  • From the Archives
    What higher, nobler or more correct principles could any one enunciate than those expressed by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation?
  • He honored her
    Archbishop Sample truly honored his mother, and in doing so is an example for his flock. 
  • Raised him right

    My heart and prayers go out to Archbishop Sample for the loss of his wonderful mother. His faith and commitment to the Fourth Commandment is awesome.

  • Lives at stake
    Measure 101 isn’t perfect but it’s much better than putting the health care of more than 200,000 Oregonians at risk.
  • Noble work

    I was at a wedding at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego last month. I picked up a copy of the Catholic Sentinel. You folks put out a great Catholic newspaper.

  • Aid or eject those who put partisanship over faith

    Unfortunately, these descriptors have been hijacked by a significant number of people who believe the end justifies the means and have clearly demonstrated they will accept sinful behavior by people willing to advance their agenda.

  • Social capital, intentionality can help ensure schools’ success
    Research in the 1980s identified what is called the “Catholic School Effect,” the reason that Catholic schools have been so successful in educating young people regardless of economic or ethnic background.
  • Jo Jo Wagner and the Christmas clown
    Unbeknown to the members, Jo Jo had already got on the blower and hired another clown for the children's bash. It was another Eagle acquaintance of Jo Jo's, a man who was also a clown.
  • Miracles do happen
    My husband’s recurrence of cancer came as a surprise. Nine years after his diagnosis of leukemia, we thought we had left the disease behind.

  • A Franciscan Christmas
    For me, this Christmas was a time of miracles and joy. When I returned to Oregon in October, I came with a mixed bag of emotions, everything from excitement to anxiety.
  • More women die of pregnancy-related complications in the United States than in any other developed nation. An overlooked and overlapping tragedy influences this alarming trend: Black mothers die at three to four times the rate of white mothers.
  • Beyond politics
    Some of us Catholics lean right, others lean left. Many of us track a moderate course. But all of us are disciples of Jesus, and that is what matters. We are brothers and sisters, not election foes.
  • The homeless person sitting on the corner near our church never moved off his bench despite freezing temperatures. No matter the time of day, there he sat bundled up in clothes people had donated.

  • In late December, as I returned home after an enthusiastic excursion to gather my last Christmas presents, the clicker to my parking garage door died. It looked like it was working; the little red light blinked just as it should when I pressed the "open" button.

  • Discernment begins in the everyday
    At the heart of the vocational question, "What am I to do?" is an existential one, "What am I here for and who am I?"
  • I long to be back in the pew, but the baby spits up again. The contrast cuts sharp in my mind's eye: the priest's hands holding shining gold vessels, mine swabbing stains with a damp burp cloth.
  • Now "gene editing" may soon allow parents to tailor the genetic makeup of their offspring, producing the "perfect" child (whatever that means when we adults have imperfect ideas about children).

  • From the Archives

    Portland’s quota in the Knights of Columbus war fund drive which begins next Monday has been fixed at $50,000 and the men in charge of the local campaign are making energetic preparations to secure that amount in the time allotted.

  • More leeway

    Concerning Judas Iscariot and eternal life, it seems there is more leeway/interpretation in the rules of mortal sin and damnation than when I grew up 60 years ago. Back then, eating meat on Friday was a sin.

    Regarding the comment that people who commit suicide may not have full responsibility, doesn’t this apply to most, if not all, suicides? How many people say to themselves, “I am going to kill myself primarily because I want to offend God and know by such action I will be so offending him and am fully consenting to this serious action”? — the three qualifications in the Baltimore Catechism.

  • A teachable moment

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would become some sort of de facto member of the Altar Society—but there I was on a Friday evening, YouTubeing videos of how to wash, fold, crimp, crease and prepare altar linens for Mass.

  • I confess to Almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I loathe New Year’s resolutions in my thoughts and in my words because of what I’ve done and what I’ve failed to do.
  • Big implications
    On Dec. 17, I was walking a friend’s dog. As we rounded a building with a handicap ramp hidden by bushes, she walked into the darkness, stopped, and looked back at me. She wouldn’t budge. 
  • Series inspired me
    Often I will re-read these articles and recall what the writers offered so eruditely on this profound subject: Faith and science are of truth, God’s truth of creation.
  • Boosted my soul
    I want to thank Archbishop Sample for stating in a very public way that we, like Protestants, desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Send us puppy photos
    We heard from some of you who filed competing declarations on behalf of your own dachshunds, Pomeranians and Shih Tzus. By Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m., we will accept photos of your dogs at sentinel@catholicsentinel.org.
  • Way to go, Joe
    Joe Weston’s generosity and no-nonsense approach to giving back epitomizes Catholic education.
  • Pray for souls

    How many poor souls are still in purgatory because people just assume they’re in heaven?

  • Wrong theologian
    I made a mistake in referring to Father Raymond Brown. The name should have been Cardinal Avery Dulles.

    What to my wondering eyes should appear

    But Santa, his sleigh and his eight faithful reindeer.

    I was dressed as a hiker, and with snow shovel in hand,

    Santa thought I was the maintenance man.

  • Misplaced priorities

    Congress did pass legislation late last year, funding CHIP for three more months, hardly reassuring. The half-hearted, short-term funding still tortures families worrying that their children’s health care might end.

  • Boon, not disaster

    The reformed federal tax plan would be a boon – not a disaster – for low-income Catholic students.

    The main reason is something De La Salle North Cathlic officials and the Sentinel omitted: the reform would double the basic family deduction to $24,000 from $12,000.

  • It’s the same old flawed environmental movement

    What about this face is new? I’ll stick to what I’ve been doing — trying to decrease my family’s contribution to pollution, teaching my kids about proper stewardship of the Earth and her resources, and encouraging others to do the same.