Catholic News & Perspective

November 2018

Nov 21

Another American recognized as a martyr

BY:  Michael R. Heinlein OSV Newsweekly Christian Brother James Miller has been declared a martyr of the Catholic faith, officially recognized as such by Pope Francis on Nov. 7. The Wisconsin native becomes just the second native-born American so designated, after Blessed Stanley Rother of Oklahoma (see sidebar), who was beatified in 2017....
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Nov 19

Honorary lifers

By: Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly It’s getting to the point where I hate anything that has to do with a phone other than talking and listening. I can’t get a slice of pizza without somebody trying to get me to download an app to order from on my alleged smartphone. When I tell them I don’t use apps, they look at me as if I...
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Nov 16

Opening the Word: Brightness of the wise

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Catholicism is a faith that sees the gift of institutions. We open up Catholic schools for the education of children and seminaries for the formation of priests. We develop parish programs and processes for evangelization and catechesis. We engage with the state, advocating for the institution of the common...
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Nov 14

America’s split responses to migrant caravan

By: Brian Fraga OSV Newsweekly Thousands of migrants from Central America’s violent Northern Triangle were still weeks away from reaching Tijuana, Mexico, near southern California, but in late October Father Pat Murphy was already thinking about how to meet their needs. “When they’re about a week away, and we know how many of...
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Nov 12

Attitude of gratitude

By: Teresa Tomeo OSV Newsweekly A few months ago, after I posted information on an annual women’s pilgrimage to Italy, a trip I co-host each year, I read a very sad comment on my Facebook page. A woman said while a visit to Italy, and in particular a tour of the Eternal City of Rome, was always of great interest, due to the Church abuse...
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Nov 9

Giving in excess

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Stinginess is a mark of a fallen world. We’re stingy with goods, refusing to share everything with the poor. We’re stingy with prayer, bypassing divine worship for emailing or meetings. We’re stingy with our time, refusing to share a life of fellowship with the lonely. We’re stingy...
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Nov 7

At Baltimore assembly, bishops to tackle abuse

By: Russell Shaw OSV Newsweekly When the U.S. bishops meet Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore, the spotlight will be on an issue that has dogged them for years — clergy sexual abuse. This time, though, the bishops’ focus won’t be on erring priests but on themselves. The events of this year have left a widespread perception, shared by...
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Nov 5

The nuns of Rochester

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion OSV Newsweekly    I needed to hear some good news. Relentless reporting of sexual abuse in the Church and elsewhere has left me quite disheartened, but then came Ken Burns’ excellent documentary on PBS about the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Mayo” has long been a synonym for...
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Nov 2

Opening the Word: Riffing with Jesus

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly In the Gospel of Mark, it is rare for a disciple or one of Jesus’ interlocutors to understand him. The scribe asks Jesus, “What is the first of all commandments?” Jesus responds that all the commandments are fulfilled in the divine ordinance to love God with all one’s heart, soul and...
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