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Are womb transplants immoral?
A recent news report described the unusual story of a baby’s birth from his grandmother’s womb. A 29-year old woman from Sweden, born without a uterus, received a transplanted womb from her mother, the same womb that had brought her into the world a generation earlier. The woman then became pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and delivered a healthy baby boy
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Here I am, Lord
Jan. 18, 2015
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Most of the vocation stories I have heard seem quite ordinary. Most people are called to follow the Lord in the midst of their everyday lives. This year’s focus and the encouragement to recognize God’s call should make us keenly aware of the particular relevance of today’s liturgy to God’s call. Today, we are reminded that even ordinary time can be quite extraordinary … if we are paying attention.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Esteeming Our Elders and Fostering Solidarity Across Generations
PHILADELPHIA — Occasionally we hear disturbing stories in the media about young people who perpetrate abuse against the elderly. In a widely reported 2009 story, for example, caretakers at the Quadrangle Assisted Living facility outside Philadelphia were charged in connection with the abuse of an elderly patient named Lois McCallister. Three employees, aged 19, 21 and 22 were caught on a surveillance camera as they taunted, mocked and assaulted the partially naked 78 year old woman.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Understanding and Appreciating our Differences

SAN ANTONIO — It's common for us to see God's grace and blessing in what unites us. We naturally sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, churches, and faiths. That, biblically, is what defines family.


Monday, January 5, 2015
And the light shines

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
The Epiphany of the Lord
Many Americans see the Feast of the Epiphany as simply an “add-on” to Christmas. As children, we called it “Little Christmas” as if to make certain that it should not be thought of as significant as the one we have just celebrated. For us the main event was over. In European countries and in the Eastern Church, though, today’s feast is of primary importance. The truth is that if we ignore this festival, we will have missed the full meaning of Christmas itself.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014
A Mary for All of Us

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Gospels offer alternative images of the Blessed Mother — Mary as the first and most perfect of Jesus’ disciples; as a strong woman who experienced poverty, suffering, flight and exile; and as a spokesperson for the poor and oppressed of society. The changed situation of women in society can sometimes cause them to be alienated from some of the devotional images of Mary that might seem to glorify a restricted and passive role for women. However, the Gospel always presents a Mary that all of us can embrace.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Forgiveness is ours
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
Second Sunday of Advent
Every catechist knows that no matter how fine a teacher he or she might be, a child’s appreciation of the sacraments is largely learned in the home. This seems to be particularly true of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If children have seen unconditional forgiveness in their homes, it is easy for them to believe that there is a God whose love is so generous that forgiveness is ours for the asking. If forgiveness is withheld or grudgingly given, the child expects similar treatment from God. Unfortunately, not all those who hear the words of today’s Gospel have lived in a forgiving environment. Not all those who hear these words are able so easily to forgive others or even themselves.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Revisiting the argument from desire
CHICAGO — One of the classical demonstrations of God’s existence is the so-called argument from desire. It can be stated in a very succinct manner as follows: Every innate or natural desire corresponds to some objective state of affairs that fulfills it.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Spiritual Warfare ...
As Christians, we have been warned that we must be vigilant against the powers of Satan and various other forces of evil. 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Who will judge us?
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 
Thirty-fourth or Last Sunday in Ordinary Time

Every corporate employer — and the Church is no exception — has evaluation instruments for its employees and there are literally hundreds of ways to evaluate their effectiveness. In a very short time, most of us become “evaluation-wise.” We learn what our employers are seeking and we become adept at responding to their questions. We learn our employer’s values and the criteria by which we will be measured. It should be especially easy if one works in ministry. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Physician-assisted suicide and confronting our fears
The prospect of a very attractive, recently-married young woman with a terminal illness facing excruciating pain and suffering as she dies is enough to move anyone.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
John Henry Newman at family synod

CHICAGO — The controversies surrounding the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family have often put me in mind of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the greatest Catholic churchman of the 19th century. Newman wrote on an extraordinary range of topics, including university education, the play between faith and reason, the nature of papal authority, and the subtle manner in which we come to assent in matters of religion. But the arguments around the Synod compel us to look at Newman’s work regarding the evolution of doctrine.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014
We are God's building
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Cathedral of any diocese is the primary sign of its unity. It is the place where Catholics gather for countless events important to its history and to its faith. We install our archbishops and ordain our priests in our cathedral. We bury them from this church. We gather there for the Chrism Mass. In a very real sense, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception belongs to all of us.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
In the desert or on the mountain, see only him
March 16, 2014 
Second Sunday of Lent
Growing up Catholic, I took my faith for granted. I learned the tenets of the Catholic faith and professed the Creed at an early age. In retrospect, I realize that what my head knew when I was young my heart had not yet realized. All that has changed. Even though I cannot point to a specific moment of conversion, I think I know what it means to say “Jesus is Lord.” 

Thursday, March 13, 2014
We move toward the resurrection
Sunday, March 9, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
Most of us move from day to day making small decisions out of a value system that we seldom examine.  During Lent, we are asked to look at our lives again. We are asked to discover the temptations that we face and to consider our response in light of the great commandment.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


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