100 Years of Good News

From June 22-24 in Pittsburgh, PA the Catholic Press Association (CPA) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. There was lots of talk about the threats we face from the recession and changing media (think digital and mobile apps!) to lack of respect for the Catholic Church in the wake of the clergy...

Keep Calm and Carry On

In 1940, the English feared they were going to be overrun by the Germans. They had fought with the Poles and Norwegians, in what amounted to lost causes against the relentless German tanks and planes. And then the French, Belgian and British forces ended up with their back against the English Channel and...

Clergy Sex Abuse: Now Who Is Getting Hurt?

Just when I think the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the Church couldn’t get any worse, news hit last week that Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Brugge has no idea what he did was wrong when he abused his nephews (www.catholicnews.com). It’s one thing to be in the clutches of compulsion, another to lose...

Japan’s Situation Tugs at Our Hearts

When a country gets hit by a 9.0 earthquake, then a tsunami, followed by the meltdown of some of their nuclear reactors—and then three weeks later, experiences another earthquake (7.1 this time)—we cannot help but wonder who declared Japan this year’s “least favored” nation. One...

Irish in a German City

In Northside, the Cincinnati neighborhood where I used to live, the Germans and Irish squabbled about everything. (I guess they didn’t know the same drinking songs.) They even fought over the Catholic parish. In the end, the archbishop decided by the toss of a coin: The Irish got the old church...

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