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Robert Pfohman
Robert Pfohman

For 33 years, Robert Pfohman has edited the Catholic Sentinel. He came here from the daily press and intended to stay for a year before rejoining a daily. He got stuck here. This old soldier retires on Nov. 14, and folks here will miss him.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

The hope of the harvest is in the seed
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Protecting Purity: The Gift of Self and Why Modesty Matters
Sitting down to write this article about “Why Modesty Matters” I realized ironically that I am wearing yoga pants.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Families: We want you to thrive
Catholics should be delighted that the Synod of Bishops on the family has a mission of joy.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
James Foley: 'It didn't make sense, but faith did'
We cannot deny James Foley's tragic death shows us there is grave evil in this world. But as Bishop Peter A. Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire, said during a memorial Mass, we must learn from his life.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Advocate because you care, not for political votes
The dust has yet to settle from the Ted Cruz debacle at the "summit" of the nascent political action group, In Defense of Christians (IDC). Stones have been hurled from all sides -- often with no clear target other than self-defense. "Lord have mercy," said one clergyman who attended the summit, "everyone seems to use (this) sad event to support their own preconceived conclusions."
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Protect the Internet for what it is: essential to the common good
It is almost impossible for anyone who is trying to improve her life or to contribute to her community, to do so without access to the Internet. Knowledge is power, and for the marginalized, denial of Internet service often means being made even more powerless.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Frowns do not defend marriage
Smiling Pope Francis has brought about a vast change in the way the Catholic Church is regarded by its ordinary members. He has made it seem not just fit for human habitation, but warm and welcoming. It is becoming clear that he wants to see a similar shift in perception with regard to marriage.
Friday, October 10, 2014
A boiling point?
This month marks two years since Superstorm Sandy swept up the East Coast from the Caribbean killing nearly 300 people in seven countries and costing more than $68 billion. Should the same storm arrive 100 years from now, according to a recent report out of North Carolina State University, the consequences could be far worse due to the rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Proceed with caution
In confronting the quandary of Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is tasked with choosing the least worst among a number of awful policy options.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
CYO and camp important legacies
Wild spaces are so important to human development. They nurture a loving relationship with nature and enable us to see how we’re all connected on this crazy blue marble we call earth.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Solutions, not politics
Despite the growing economy, Census Bureau statistics released in September show that poverty in the United States is down only by half a percentage point.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
More than waving a flag, patriotism is in our actions toward others
Far too many Americans have embraced greed and selfishness, seemingly as a doctrine of faith. In the richest nation on earth, in which 50 million of us struggle below the poverty line, there is a sad sense of "I've got mine; too bad for you."
Monday, September 29, 2014
What can our daily bread teach us?
Food becomes a way, not only to help someone less fortunate, but also a means to teach and live the Gospel. Taking care of the poor can be addressed on many levels, with food growth and distribution an important part of the equation.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Interfaith peace at school
In uneasy times, when news reports would make us think religion is mostly a cause for war, we look to our school children to show what is more true and sadly unreported — religion is the best foundation for peace.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Give reason a chance
President Obama’s talk to the nation last week about the Mideast sounded eerily similar to presidential explanations in the 1960s that led to the Vietnam quagmire.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Family - School of peace, prayer, and joy
There are no secrets. Fidelity and love will bathe you in God’s grace.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Does our faith have a say in what's on our tables?
Supermarkets were a new concept in my New Jersey hometown in the 1950s. When it opened, the vast chrome and plastic emporium of food with huge plate-glass windows and multiple checkouts was a great opportunity for a high-school kid, like me, who needed cash for dates.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
God asks us to make a total gift of ourselves
God is love. These three simple words describe the most basic and fundamental reality of all creation. God is love.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Seeing the invisible
I could hear him. Deep in the night. Richard was walking Burnside. From him came a sound somewhere between a violent holler and an eerie scream. Sometimes he could sustain it for an entire block.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Faith can build future
Pope Francis’ recent trip to South Korea was inspiring in so many ways, but for us the most powerful message was the role faith can have in building hope for the future.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014


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