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Are we extremists?

I have a love-hate relationship with the word “extreme” and its derivations of “extremist” and “extremism.” Those words are being tossed around a lot in both politics and religion these days, usually in the negative. Pope Francis spoke of extremism on his recent trip to Kazakhstan. “Let us free ourselves of those reductive and destructive […]

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A grateful editor at career’s sunset

Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post for 32 years and on staff since 1979, has announced plans to retire this fall. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a few occasions in the course of my 43-plus years on the staff of The Catholic Post, I’ve gotten personal in this space. When a local Catholic cemetery reserved an area for the remains of infants lost to miscarriage, I shared the pain of two such experiences in my marriage. As the world was […]

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A timely observance

As we move closer to Independence Day and the celebration of our freedoms, the U.S. bishops are again asking Catholics to focus on the importance of religious freedom, both in our nation and around the world. And the June 22-29 observance of Religious Freedom Week could not be more timely. This year’s theme is “Life […]

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Wisdom from our jubilarians

We love how this edition of The Catholic Post is bookended with high school graduates on the front page and ends with our jubilarian section honoring those priests, religious, and deacons marking milestone anniversaries in their vocations. Our jubilarians, while not all elderly or retired, are already fulfilling the wishes of Pope Francis by sowing […]

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Amid noise over leaked draft of Court opinion, practice Bishop Tylka’s “Four C’s”

Abortion demonstrators in Washington are seen outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3 after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year. (CNS/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)

A mother’s womb is a quiet place, but the noise surrounding a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion indicating a willingness to overturn Roe v. Wade is loud and growing louder. Expect the noise to increase, including protests in the streets that will be covered by the national media — unlike when 100,000 […]

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The slap

It came out of nowhere, and was undeserved. No, we’re not talking about actor Will Smith’s slap of comedian Chris Rock that overshadowed the Academy Awards on March 27 and was a major news story and social media topic for days after. We’re drawing attention to the first slap of Jesus. “Then they spat in […]

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Marching for (our) change

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School hold signs as they join with representatives of five other high schools in praying the rosary for an end to abortion and the triumph of the culture of life on Jan. 21 outside the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“What does it matter if we march? What does it do?” The questions were posed by Father Mike Schmitz, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth and host of the wildly popular “The Bible in a Year” podcast, on Jan. 21 at the end of his brief remarks to a throng gathered in Washington, D.C., […]

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The writing legacy of Harry Williams

Harry Williams wrote hundreds of weekly, faith-based reflections that can be accessed at adoration.com.

The late Jesuit Father John Hardon believed that writing is a great asset to the spiritual life. “To be convinced of the worth of writing, daily — if only a few words — is to have made a giant stride on the road to sanctity,” he wrote in 1998. The reasons Father Hardon lists are […]

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Government Grinches

As we were preparing to celebrate the birth of our Savior, our state and federal governments put the lives of today’s unborn children and their mothers at greater risk by succumbing to abortion industry pressures. On Dec. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was lifting the requirement that a prescription for the […]

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Editorial: Omicron is coming; so is the Alpha and the Omega

On the first Sunday of Advent, the media were filled with stories about waiting and preparing. The Sunday morning talk shows trotted out modern prophets foretelling of an arrival. Smartphones dinged with the latest headlines and updates about what’s coming and how it might change our lives. A common theme? Now is the time to […]

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