David Goldman, pool/ CNS photo Kaydn Dorsey and Lionel Perkins, both 4, color images of Pope Francis as they wait for him to arrive for a visit to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington during the pontiff’s 2015 trip to the United States. Oregon Catholic service organizations, including Catholic Charities, are making families’ financial success a priority.
Poverty makes a childhood anything but serene. When housing is in flux, nutritious, brain-fueling food scarce and their parents’ stress palpable, not only is a child’s joy often squelched, but their future is also dimmed. Friday, February 24, 2017
That their profession is utterly dishonest and only a mask for anti-Catholic prejudices is seen from the fact that the bill still allows state aid to all private institutions except those conducted under church control. Thursday, February 23, 2017
As a nation, our communities are stronger and more vibrant when we embrace and honor a robust pluralism. It's not about conservative or liberal, moderate or independent; it's not whether you worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, shrine or none of the above. Monday, February 20, 2017
At the National Prayer Breakfast this month, President Donald Trump promised to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment "and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." I must confess that, on the list of things I hope the new administration will accomplish this year, this one is fairly far down. Saturday, February 18, 2017
Although it is not a breezy read, a review of the Farewell Address might serve to impress upon our 45th president the threefold commitment -- unity, friendship, religion -- that our first president saw as essential to presidential leadership and the security of our nation. Sunday, February 12, 2017
I was in a small wooden church when I saw one of those small not small at all things that seem to me very often to be the very essence of what we mean by words like holy and tender and miracle and hope. Monday, February 6, 2017
Some advocates for important issues do not understand this. For them, each victory is a triumph, each defeat an invitation to despair. They push away friends as well as opponents, rejecting incremental progress as a form of betrayal. They are prone to bitterness and early burnout. Friday, February 3, 2017
In December, Archbishop Alexander Sample spoke to Oregon’s Hispanic Catholics during the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “It does not matter to me from where you have come, when you came, or whether you have the proper documents or not. You are loved!” Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Public schools aren’t bad. Plenty of American children graduate from public schools and go on to live successful lives. But are these schools really meeting the needs of all kids and their parents today?
Several of my new friends and I consecrated our lives to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and it changed my life. I am forever indebted to Father Michael Gaitley for being the humble steward of a message that is so necessary for our time. Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In contrast to education or health care, few think of transportation as a basic human right. But the ability to get from one place to another became an essential part of daily life as soon as farming ceased to be the way most people made a living.