Catholic News & Perspective

April 2021

Apr 30

Opening the Word: The scandal of abiding

By: Timothy P. O'Malley If you are looking to sell a book on Christian discipleship, you need a radical title. The kind of title that underlines the transformative and revolutionary adventure of Christian life. And yet, most of life is neither transformative nor revolutionary. The routines of day-to-day life do not easily exist alongside a quest...
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Apr 28

Religion is essential

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez We are now a little more than a year since church doors shut for the Mass, confessions went on hiatus in many places and Eucharistic fasting was put in place for basically anyone other than priests, who ached at what they were required to do. Some did some beautiful things to minister to people in need. Religion...
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Apr 26

The inspiring — and surprising — conversion of Justin Bieber

By: Scott Warden The other day, I was driving along a fairly busy stretch of road with my two youngest daughters in the backseat when I noticed flashing lights ahead. Traffic slowed to a crawl, and as we got closer, I saw that there were multiple first responders at the scene of an accident — police cars, an ambulance, a fire truck and a...
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Apr 23

Opening the Word: A letter to my son on his first Communion

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The writer has taken the occasion of his son’s first Communion to speak about the Eucharist considering the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Since you were a toddler, you have longed for this day. At first, your longing was a matter of imitation more than anything else. Your mom and your dad received...
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Apr 21

Letting Christ work through us in the here and now

By: Scott P. Richert Jason Adkins, the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, recently invited me to appear on the conference’s podcast, “Bridge Builder: Connecting Faith and Politics,” to discuss the practical implications of my column, “For Christians, the ends do not justify the means“....
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Apr 19

Upon his death, Prince Philip leaves a legacy of virtue

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion The death of Britain’s Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, has brought many reactions, most of them complimenting his lifelong service to the nation and devotion to his marriage. Certainly, compliment was the theme by the country’s senior bishop, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the...
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Apr 16

Opening the Word: He opened their mind

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Our familiarity with the resurrection of Jesus can be an impediment to reading the Gospels. He was crucified, died, buried and rose from the dead, we confidently proclaim each Sunday. Jesus in the Gospel of Luke asks us to consider anew how much we really understand about the Resurrection. The disciples have...
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Apr 14

Once again, Catholic agencies step in to help minors at the border

By: Rhina Guidos As the U.S. took in almost 19,000 migrant children, labeled “unaccompanied minors,” in March, faith-based organizations such as Catholic Charities throughout the U.S. have been doing their part to help. In Texas, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio set up over 2,000 cots for their guests at the...
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Apr 12

New book is Catholic traveler’s dream to exploring America

By: Gretchen R. Crowe Like most of you, I’d wager, it’s been a while since my family has done some traveling. But we love to do it, and Catholic destinations always make our list, no matter where we’re going to catch up on some rest and relaxation. Combining vacation and pilgrimage is one of our favorite things to do, and my...
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Apr 9

Opening the Word: One heart, one mind

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Our regular reading of Acts during Easter numbs us to the earth-shattering events that took place in the years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. St. Peter preaches the Gospel with power and might. The apostles heal and baptize in the name of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is spread unto the ends of the world by the...
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Apr 7

Judge strikes down District of Columbia’s limits on houses of worship

By: Mark Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a March 25 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s COVID-19 pandemic limits on attendance at houses of worship — set at 25% capacity or 250 worshippers, whichever is less. The ruling by Judge Trevor N. McFadden was effective...
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Apr 5

As history teaches us, lessons can be learned from unprecedented challenges

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Everyone nervously, wearily and hopefully wants to see life return to normal this summer, and celebrations on July 4 will be like those of past Independence Days. Pray that his forecast comes true. Fear will be gone. Hardships will be gone. The deaths from COVID-19 will end. Whenever that great day comes, be it before,...
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Apr 2

Opening the Word: You know what happened

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Peter begins his speech in Acts with an act of provocative rhetoric. He preaches, “You know what happened all over Judea …” (Acts 10:37). You know. You know that Jesus of Nazareth preached the Good News. You know that he was the Anointed One, the Messiah. You know that he was put to death as a common...
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