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  • Memorial Day weekend produced headline-grabbing violence in three major U.S. cities. In New York, there were 16 separate shooting incidents over the long weekend. The New York police department reported that 18 were wounded, four died of gunshot wounds and one person died in a stabbing incident.

  • The Italian media are reporting that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, has been listed among those placed “under investigation” by an Italian prosecutor in connection with the sale of a castle at Narni, in the region of Umbria, central Italy, that took place four years ago in the diocese of Terni, where he was bishop from 2002-2012. 

  • Income inequality is already a major issue in the 2016 presidential race, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called it “the great moral issue of our time” in his kick-off speech for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday. But a new study finds that efforts at the national level to narrow the wealth...

  • Gregory Popcak (Image)

    Gregory Popcak is an American Catholic author, psychotherapist and teacher. The director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an internationally-recognized, Catholic counseling practice,  he is also an adjunct professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville...

  • Writing in the "Houses of Worship" section in the Wall Street Journal, Professors Stephen Barr and Dermott Mullan take on the persistent myth that the Catholic Church is opposed to science. 

    In fact, the remarkable story of the Catholic clergy’s contributions to science is one of the best-kept secrets of scientific history. The exception is Gregor Mendel; it is widely known that the science of genetics began with the experiments of the Austrian monk.

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  • Given my long affiliation with Jesuit institutions I've read quite a bit on Ignatian spirituality, much of it quite good, but I thought these excerpts from an essay by David Lonsdale (included in An Ignatian Spirituality Reader, edited by George W. Traub, S.J.) captures the essence of discernment as...

  • This is the eighteenth entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. This post examines Stephen’s preaching and the plot to arrest him and bring him before the council. Stephen is one of the seven who has just been appointed to serve the practical needs of the Hellenist community, but when we first see him here, he is engaged in evangelism.

  • When you’re talking to advocates of assisted suicide, one of the things you discover right away is that most have a story, a terrible story, of someone suffering unnecessarily. Senator Bill Monning, co-author of the California legislation, talks about a young man with two young children who went through a “horrific” time with brain cancer. For Methodist Minister D. Ignacio Castuera, it was the AIDS patients he worked with in Hollywood. Says California Campaign Director Toni Broaddus, “I’ve...

  • Last weekend Ireland became the first nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular referendum, a win largely credited to a door-to-door campaign and voter registration drive. Ironically, the victory came only days after the discrediting of an American study suggesting that personal interactions with gays and lesbians greatly increased support for same-sex marriage.

  • The closing day of the four-day conference at Georgetown University celebrating the close of the Second Vatican Council was devoted to the council’s opening to other faiths, especially Judaism and Islam. It was also a day for tough questions and cautionary observations from interfaith interlocutors.