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The Johnson Amendment
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

Love and mercy in politics
Catholics advancing social justice sometimes wonder: Will my efforts have a lasting impact? Am I building God's kingdom or will all of this be wiped away?
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Making America great again
"Make America great again" sounds inspirational until we look closer at the meaning of "again."
Monday, February 13, 2017
Donald Trump should take a look at George Washington's Farewell Address
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
Sign of unity

This kind of bridge building — like inviting six faith leaders instead of one — is a lesson for our polarized time.


Friday, February 10, 2017
New richness in the marriage rite
Changes have come to the way in which weddings will be celebrated by Catholics across the United States, including right here in the Archdiocese of Portland.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Of marriage and mercy
Simply put, marriage is merciful, because love is merciful.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The story of when the world nearly lost Valentine's Day
“How about if you have a play-off game?  With the Portland Trail Blazers.  They’re in town.  What about whoever wins the game wins the arrow too?”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Such kindness
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
From the Archives
After graduation in 1904, Judge Lonergan came to Portland to teach history and economics and to coach at Columbia University, which later became the University of Portland.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
A sense of perspective
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
You can lead a boy to homework, but you can't make him think
How then, is a concerned parent going to find the ignition switch that will start the learning engine that lies hidden between the ears of his or her developing child?
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Veers from our values
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
Meeting the needs of many

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?


Thursday, January 19, 2017
'Before Overs'
The idea here is to aim for “before overs” before there might not be any more time. The relative dies, the spouse is alienated and our child graduates and moves away.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Listen closely
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
Accepting help from others

By accepting help, we recognize that we cannot do it alone. That we need God to guide us, to help us when we most need it. We open ourselves to receiving mercy.


Monday, January 16, 2017
The right to ride

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.


Sunday, January 15, 2017
Making St. Valentine's Day a year-round commitment

I wasn't surprised this year when the Valentine's Day candy was on store shelves only days after the Christmas candy had been there.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
The line between trust and neglect

Every now and then, I spend a few hours with about 60 high school boys and girls and their parents listening to them talk about better parent-teen communication regarding sex, alcohol and drugs. The question for parents that keeps popping into my mind as I listen to both sides speak is: "Where does trust end and neglect begin?"


Friday, January 13, 2017
And still they freeze
And still, people are freezing. When we hear the stories of the victims, we realize that this tragedy comes not from lack of shelter, but from our failure to adequately address mental illness and addiction.
Thursday, January 12, 2017


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