Catholic News & Perspective

October 2018

Oct 22

Pray, hope, don't worry

By: Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly No matter how good, no one gets a pass. Not even a saint. The founder of the Catholic University of Milan — a priest and physician — described this saint as “an ignorant and self-mutilating psychopath who exploited people’s credulity.” But the people loved him. And when Pope St....
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Oct 19

Opening the Word: Dispossessing power

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly As Mel Brooks once said, it’s good to be the king. It’s good to have absolute power. It’s good to know that every eye in the room is attending to your presence, waiting to exchange but a single word with you. At least, we think it’s good. James and John think it’s good. And...
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Oct 17

Synod's first week takes stock of future

By:  Brian Fraga OSV Newsweekly A few key themes emerged in early October as the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment entered its second week in Vatican City. Listening to young people, taking their concerns seriously and accompanying them on their journeys of faith will be necessary for the Catholic Church...
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Oct 15

Elephant in the room

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion OSV Newsweekly Did you notice? During the contentious discussions surrounding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, an enormous elephant was standing in the middle of the room. Sexual assault and temperament took the headlines, but the real question for very many...
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Oct 12

Opening the Word: Call to wisdom

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Wisdom is costly. It requires the gift of our whole self. In the Book of Wisdom, the term “wisdom” does not simply refer to “wise” decision-making. Wisdom is instead connected to the Law, to giving one’s will entirely over to God’s will. The Book of Wisdom describes...
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Oct 10

Florence recovery efforts continue for Church

By:  Paul Senz OSV Newsweekly The Diocese of Raleigh covers 54 counties in central and eastern North Carolina, over an area of 32,000 square miles, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. This location means the diocese is a prime target for hurricanes. Hurricane Florence devastated the region in September of this year, and the recovery in many...
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Oct 8

Stick with the Faith

By: Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly I was talking with one of my hip friends. I have hip friends. I swear. He is not a believer and never has been as far as I can tell. I feel for him. There’s not much comfort in his vague agnosticism, especially when alone at the shank of the evening. But the grace is there, and so is hope. A few weeks...
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Oct 5

Opening the Word: Gracious marriage

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly In Genesis, we discover the reason for the overpowering sorrow caused by divorce: Men and women were made for communion. The Lord creates Adam from the dust of the ground, breathing life in him. Yet, Adam is lonely. God seeks to soothe Adam’s loneliness by allowing him to participate in the naming of...
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Oct 3

Holy See, China reach agreement on bishops

Brian Fraga OSV Newsweekly In a controversial diplomatic accord with likely ramifications for Catholics in China’s underground Church, the Holy See and the Chinese Communist government have agreed to work together on appointing bishops. The provisional agreement, which the Vatican signed on Sept. 22, gives Church leaders a long-desired say...
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Oct 1

Go beyond Sunday

Teresa Tomeo OSV Newsweekly When I sat down about a year and a half ago to write my book, “Beyond Sunday: Becoming A 24/7 Catholic” (OSV, $14.95), I had no idea how badly we would need to do just that. For years, I wanted to explain to Catholics the impact bringing their faith deeper into their everyday lives can have, the joy that...
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