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A pilgrimage of mercy
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Pope Francis speaks to youths at prayer service in Kraków’s Blonia Park.
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Pope Francis speaks to youths at prayer service in Kraków’s Blonia Park.
This is what we are all called to do, not just during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, but for the rest of our lives afterward.  Our time in Krakow helped me understand that, and I pray that I can continue Pope Francis’ call to battle with every step I take.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Worth handing on
The July 15 Sentinel deserves to be shared with family, friends and strangers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
A letter to my children as they prepare to go back to school
And when you need help, we’re here, ever as always, to lend a helping hand and a chocolate chip cookie or two for good measure, unless Dad or I eat them all before you get home.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Facing Hiroshima
The horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the morality of our actions there, are appropriate topics in any discussion of nuclear proliferation -- as are plans by the U.S. military to spend up to $1 trillion in the next three decades "modernizing" its nuclear arsenal.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Conscience over convenience
In Oregon, we are heartened that Congress is poised to pass a bill protecting the inviolability of conscience. We need such a law more than anyone else.  
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Tool for self-sufficiency
Thanks to organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Portland, an important federal self-sufficiency program has been yanked back from the edge of a precipice.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality
In family life, we are called to serve as our brother’s keeper.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Are Catholics letting down the community?
I have been impressed at how engaged many Protestant churches are in the daily lives of their communities. Do our ecumenical friends have a better understanding of their baptismal charism and its obligations than we Catholic people? Do they understand themselves as "church" better than we do?
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Religious liberty is an absolute
Recently there was a case of a woman who petitioned the state of Illinois to be able to wear a colander on her head in her driver's license photo as part of her religious beliefs. The woman was a "Pastafarian," a member of the faux "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" invented out of the imagination of atheist activists.
Monday, August 8, 2016
From the Archives
I thought I would drop you a line to let you know I am still alive, as you know I answered the call when it came. I wouldn’t be a true Irishman if I failed to do so.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
A black priest on racial strife
If we want peace with others, then we have to know others and the most practical way to know others is by first knowing God.
Monday, August 1, 2016
In news, small is good
Newspapers have the very best readers in the world, readers who aren’t surfing for titillation but who are reading because they care about their communities and know they need to be informed in order to be good citizens, and in the Sentinel’s case, good Catholics.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Capuchin
But we specialize in the ridiculous truth, isn’t that so, my young friends? If ever the Catholic idea could be distilled to a line, that would be the one.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Uneven paths
I’ve been tripping a lot lately. Sometimes I fall flat onto the sidewalk. It’s embarrassing and I wonder if anyone is watching when, in fact, no one probably is. When I get up I rub my hands together so the little pebbles embedded in my palms brush off.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Stand up for the little guy
There’s a certain political party, dominant in Oregon politics, which poses a large problem for Catholics. 
Thursday, July 28, 2016
'Love is needed': Local views on recent U.S. violence
Oregon Catholics, including priests who gave homilies last weekend, faced hard news: shootings of unarmed black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana and an African American sniper who responded by killing five Dallas policemen. Like the rest of the nation, local Catholics sought meaning and wondered where the nation should go next.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
From the Archives
If there is a set of men anywhere who are heartily disgusted with them­selves for their dirty work, it is the men who went into the dark lantern wig­wams of Know Nothing proscription.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
To women who've had food thrown at them
I’ve never felt as isolated and alone as I did when I had two babies under the age of two.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Thanks, Sister
But let’s remember our dedicated women religious year round. Plan a visit. Write a note. Send a check. Frankly, we owe them.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Do not be afraid
In an ongoing national nightmare that got more terrifying in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas, we can only call on the wisdom of our faith. Not all Oregonians or Americans share a devotion to Jesus, but surely “Love one another” and “Do not be afraid” are what everyone needs to hear now.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Something like a saint
I met the son I had again after a long winter and I feel like crowing and singing.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

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