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  • Answers for our time from Scripture
    Help from tech-savvy youngsters might be needed to connect elders to virtual meetings or town halls. This reverse mentoring will help not only the elder, but further enhance the relationship between elders and younger people.
  • Sparks needed to save our common home
    Pope Francis guides us to see that everything is connected. From his frequent visits to slums around the world, his meetings with refugees and migrants, he has witnessed the link between how we treat the earth and how we treat each other, especially the poor and vulnerable among us.
  • Recollecting Pentecost at 9 a.m. B.C.
    On a Pentecost morning around 9 a.m. B.C. (Before Coffee), I try to imagine an upstairs room, a violent wind blowing, and a dove alighting in the room, enlightening everyone in it.
  • The Great Questioner
    It dawned on me that the answer always goes back to God: no matter what you believe or the examples you have, life, Earth, galaxies, the universe, matter and anti-matter had to come from somewhere.
  • On the Pelosi decision, count me as a progressive who agrees with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
  • From the Archives
    "There are not a few who would parade their standing as theologians, authentic or suspect, who quite frankly arrogate to themselves the very infallibility they deny to the Church.”
  • In Genesis 9:1, we learn that God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth. Check.
  • The Oregon Synod Committee, which had a letter to the editor published May 20 (“Arms open,” Page 23), is an independent Catholic lay group, not an official panel of the Catholic dioceses in Oregon.
  • “The current food crisis may rapidly turn into a food catastrophe of global proportions in 2023,” said U.N. trade chief Rebeca Grynspan.
  • Mayfest memory
    Sax and clarinet player for the Sadowsky band was the polyglot Father Frank Knusel. At one point in the evening, the priest sat on his break, savoring, nibbling his meal, liking to talk, a lot, about words, in English, French, German and Dutch, sipping red wine from a plastic glass in between.
  • Local venting: Synergism or syncretism?
    The trouble with abandoning our moral leadership in order to be a more “welcoming” church is that those newly welcomed may not be willing to abandon the lifestyles that repeatedly draw them into moral decay and sin and the church will dissolve into little more than utopian secularism.
  • Let’s be gracious
    Oregonians who support abortion rights have taken an evil position, but most are not evil people. They are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and neighbors.
  • A perfect storm on abortion
    A leaked draft opinion in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization has prompted reactions that are extreme, ill-informed and sometimes abusive.
  • From the archives
    This was accomplished in a very edifying manner on last Sunday at the old Mission of St. Francis Xavier, on Cowlitz Prairie, where about three hundred persons reverently assisted
  • A place of welcome and respite
    I often think of the first Benedictine monks who arrived in the middle of the Willamette Valley in the late 19th century. I wonder what they thought of this land, so similar and yet so different from their monastic home in Engelberg, Switzerland.
  • Dom Brand, a 29-year-old from South Carolina, in an apparently random act in 2020, shot and killed an 80-year-old woman named Mary Ann Elvington. His action resulted in several tragedies unfolding simultaneously.
  • Breathe with both lungs
    The invasion of Ukraine has put the spotlight on Eastern Catholic churches. Adherents of these beautiful faith communities are in communion with the pope yet have liturgical and theological traditions resembling Orthodox Christianity.

  • During one of the many nonviolent, prayerful pro-life/anti-abortion demonstrations I participated in, a woman stopped her car, got out, pointed to the large gruesome poster I was holding, and emotionally asked. “What is that?” I told her it was an actual photo of a dismembered aborted unborn baby. With surprise and horror, she said, “Is that what abortion is?”
  • America’s gun culture of death
    We’ll hear about thoughts and prayers and also hear sentiments — “It’s the price of freedom” for instance — that are the equivalent of shoulders shrugging.
  • We’ve been too quiet
    Some form of reparation is needed. Direct cash payments might be warranted, but the Black community would see longer term benefit from free Catholic education, free Catholic college and interest-free home loans from church agencies.
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