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This past weekend graduating college seniors across the nation listened as commencement speakers offered words of wisdom and inspiration to them. The choice of sports figures or entertainers normally does not provoke protests or cause controversy in the elite world of academia. more
The holy season of Lent has begun amid the unrelenting cold and snow of a brutal New England winter. Yet, the transition from winter to spring weather that we will (hopefully) experience during Lent is a fitting analogy for what Lent is meant to accomplish within each of us. more
A few members of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in the Boston Archdiocese have been holding vigil in their church for more than ten years since it was announced in 2005 that it would close. These few dozen faithful have, it seems, failed to recognize the signs of the times and the reality that is the Catholic Church in the United States and in the Northeast with its special considerations of a plethora of formerly ethnic parishes. Due to a shortage of priests and resources, Boston underwent necessary changes and reorganizations in its parish restructuring. more
The recently introduced No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would make permanent and expand the Hyde Amendment restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions. more
Over the next eight years, 20 men will be ordained priests for the Diocese of Providence. Although it would be ideal to have more seminarians, it is good news that these men have responded to God’s call. At the same time, however, over the next eight years, 63 priests will be eligible to retire. more
The wedding season is upon us. If you ask your priest, however, he’ll most likely tell you that in the parish things are quiet on the wedding front. The reason? The percentage of Catholic weddings in Rhode Island continues to fall. more
The Catholic Church struggles with issues from vocation shortages to dwindling attendance and financial woes. The Church has created the very predicaments she now tries to solve and yet remains … more
In his new book, “The Power of Silence,” Cardinal Robert Sarah describes the problems of fear, anxiety, personal disorientation, other social dysfunctions and spiritual illnesses in our culture. … more
No one enjoys paying taxes. While any follower of Christ could in good conscience argue against paying taxes, given some portion of them is used for objectionable purposes, they are still not free … more
It seems that the pursuit of physical pleasure is the motivation driving modern society, thus there is no higher good other than to fulfill one’s desire which is often confused with being happy. … more
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