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Challenged to be hospitable
Pope speaks with refugees at Vatican. (CNS)
Pope speaks with refugees at Vatican. (CNS)
We’re glad and proud to hear that Catholic Community Services of Lane County will coordinate a refugee welcome program, making a home for families from Iraq, Syria and other troubled lands. We should also feel challenged.
Friday, May 20, 2016

New Catholics
Regarding April 1 “A longing to be Catholic: fulfilled at the Easter Vigil” report about the four new Catholics; it was just wonderful. 
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Bring on the 'Catholic' guilt - we can take it
Bottom line: don’t reject feelings of guilt outright. Feeling bad doesn’t mean you’re bad — rather, it might just mean you have a well-formed conscience.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Farewell from the editor
More than a year ago I assumed the reins of the prestigious Catholic Sentinel with the commitment to take it to the highest possible place in its evangelizing mission. Today, with great sorrow, I inform you that for family reasons, I conclude this noble work.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Thanks to distinguished pro-life leader
Though Richard Doerflinger and Oregon Catholics didn’t prevail 20 years ago when it came to countering doctor-assisted suicide, the fight was clean, consistent and sensible. Some day, history will smile upon our cause.


Friday, May 6, 2016
Ecuador: It could be us
In a nation already struggling with poverty, this disaster threatens many lives and CRS has been there for years and so know how to help better than anyone else.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Beautiful crucifix
It was one of the nicest things that ever happened to me in my writing career.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Bible doesn't justify it

Christians have often misused scripture to justify the death penalty. This is not only unscholarly, but a decidedly un-Christian practice of using the Bible to support violent acts against fellow human beings.


Sunday, April 17, 2016
What is a pope?

We all have heard about the pope. Pope Francis this, Pope Francis that. But why do we even have a pope? He doesn’t do anything, does he?


Friday, April 15, 2016
How should we gauge our success? Blessed Teresa offers answers

Working for the Lord some days sure ain’t easy, my friends, but it surely is worth it. Let’s pray to remain faithful to His call.


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Mother Angelica: Making mass media a conduit for mercy
Mother Angelica has made a significant and lasting impact on the church throughout the world via EWTN and her religious orders. Thanks to her deep faith, tireless efforts, and dogged determination, generations of Catholics will benefit from her life’s work and legacy. May she rest in peace.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The influence of Ruby Gray
Ruby began to see God’s handiwork everywhere, including in herself. Once that happened, it was as if sparks kept flying.
Monday, April 11, 2016
What does it mean to be a Catholic gardener?
The chance to design and plant our garden, to prune it and add to it over the years invites us to ongoing collaboration with the Maker of beauty.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
The importance of modesty for human dignity
Without modesty, dignity, and self restraint, we might be little more than animals.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
End the bus pass bias
A policy sustained for years by the City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and TriMet flies in the face of equal treatment under the law. Parents of private school students should be outraged.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Salvadorans sustained by their strong faith in face of rampant violence
When life is good, I'm able to get some vacation days off during Holy Week to visit my homeland of El Salvador. It's usually a festive time filled with lots of hugs, too much food and streets filled with fellow Catholics whose numbers I love joining in religious processions and events in and around the city.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Two schoolgirls reflect on poverty
Two seventh graders, inspired by the Jubilee of Mercy, have written to the readers of the Catholic Sentinel to explain what they have learned about poverty.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
For those who feel they've failed at Lent
And so, despite the temptation to just give up already, I, too, keep getting up and forging on with my sacrifices in spite of myself.
Friday, March 18, 2016
A 'family of families'
Everyone of us is called by God to share his Truth with others, and as a family we can do that more easily because we are doing it together.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
It's past time
Lent during the Jubilee of Mercy reminds us to ask — why does Oregon still have a death penalty?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
'Fast from indifference'

Pope Francis tells us we need to open our hearts to one another’s stories and, as Thomas Awiapo of Ghana says, “Fast from indifference.”


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


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