Catholic News & Perspective

September 2020

Sep 30

Six months into pandemic, Catholic organizations adjust, adapt

By: Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the six months since the World Health Organization declared the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus a pandemic, U.S.-based Catholic organizations have learned how to adjust to the changed landscape of the world in which they operate, and make adaptations that may outlive the global health...
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Sep 28

‘You are not alone,’ Portland, Ore., archbishop tells victims of wildfires

By: Ed Langlois MEDFORD, Ore. (CNS) — Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland visited Southern Oregon Sept. 19-20 to meet some of the hundreds of people who lost homes earlier in the month to powerful wind-driven fires. In Sacred Heart Parish in Medford alone, almost 150 families are at a loss with homes in ruins and ashes. Many are...
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Sep 25

Opening the Word: Divine fairness

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The kingdom of Judah is in exile. The Temple was destroyed. They have been taken away from their home, mocked by their captors and feel bereft of the presence of God. They cry out, as any of us might, asking how God could be so unfair. Were their sins deserving of a punishment so harsh? Will they continue to pay for...
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Sep 23

Pandemic seen affecting people’s mental well-being, not just physical health

By: Susan Klemond ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc physically, even bringing death into some people’s homes, the shutdown this past spring and the virus’ continuing effects also have impacted mental health. As a result, more people in the Twin Cities area, including those who hadn’t previously...
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Sep 21

Unintended consequences await as Australia tells priests to break the seal of confession

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion If anyone predicted that the Catholic Church would face a showdown with a modern-day government, few if any would have forecast that this duel would be between the Church and Australia. Australia is a democracy. Legislatures duly elected by the people under constitutional safeguards enact laws. The national government,...
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Sep 18

Opening the Word: The inclusive kingdom

By: Timothy P. O'Malley How seriously do you take Jesus’ final words in the Gospel of Matthew: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19)? Notice what Our Lord asks of us. We are to baptize all nations. This means that the...
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Sep 16

Fasting for justice an invitation to address many types of social sin

By: Dennis Sadowski CLEVELAND (CNS) — Bishop Shelton J. Fabre’s recent call to fast in response to racism on the feast of St. Peter Claver, Sept. 9, was a call to be attentive to the inequalities across society and acknowledge the sin of racism that continues to exist. The day was chosen because St. Peter Claver is known as the...
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Sep 14

A little help from our friends: Building up your domestic church

By: Dr. Greg Popcak Every day, in the CatholicHŌM (Households on Mission) Facebook discussion group, Catholic families from around the world are supporting each other’s efforts to build dynamic domestic churches. It’s been wonderful to host such a diverse forum of families who can draw strength from each other’s experience to...
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Sep 11

Opening the Word: The Disease of revenge

By:  Timothy P. O'Malley When our society speaks about punishment, we often mean inflicting revenge upon another person. If someone sideswipes my car, then I should be able to do something to them. If my spouse cheats on me, then I should make them pay for their infidelity. Sirach warns us against this predilection for revenge. We hear in...
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Sep 9

Profit over safety, especially in pandemic, ‘unjust,’ says Labor Day statement

By: Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — Given the “somber” realities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, for companies to put profits over safety is “unjust,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S....
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Sep 7

A willingness to sacrifice everything

By:  Msgr. Owen F. Campion If we think that we have it bad, standing 6 feet apart and wearing masks to offset the coronavirus, we might consider what people in Eastern Europe, and especially Catholics in Eastern Europe, endured. Educated guesses suggest the virus in America may be under control by this time next year, even by spring. Their...
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Sep 4

Opening the Word: For the sake of charity

By: Timothy P. O'Malley One of the obvious effects of the Fall is the bitterness I experience in my heart when corrected by my spouse, my friend or colleague. Even the simplest correction often provokes in me disgust against the one offering the critique. There is an irrational dimension to this dismissal. Why do we hate our fellow Christian for...
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Sep 2

God has not abandoned us, even in this never-ending storm

By: Scott Warden Maybe it’s the result of having to work under constant, strict deadlines for the past two decades, but most who know me would say that I’m fairly low-stress. I take things as they come — or, at least, I try to — and I firmly believe that there’s no sense in worrying about what I can’t control....
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