Catholic News & Perspective

October 2019

Oct 14

Lessons to be learned from Halloween, All Saints Day

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion I have a routine. Every year on Oct. 31 I go to the nearby drugstore and buy several bags of candy. Then, when I reach my home, I position a chair near the front door. Evening comes. I take my seat in the chair and wait. Soon, the doorbell rings. Costumed children are on the doorstep when I open the door. I offer them...
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Oct 11

Opening the Word: Salvific gratitude

By: Timothy P. O'Malley We form our children from an early age to express gratitude. When we fetch them a cup of water and an afternoon snack, we teach them to say, “Thank you.” This, after all, is part of possessing good manners. As the child develops, of course, we hope that this thankfulness does not continue as a mere formality,...
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Oct 9

Pro-life leaders say drop in abortion rate worth celebrating, but grave concerns remain

By: Brian Fraga A recent Guttmacher Institute report indicates that the national abortion rate is at its lowest point since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973. “That’s definitely a reason to celebrate,” said Tessa Longbons, a research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research and educational arm of...
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Oct 7

British royalty at Newman canonization

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion In a few days, Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized as a saint, and Britain’s Prince Charles is scheduled to attend. The prince’s presence has been reported as if it will be a major shift in relations between the United Kingdom and its Royal Family and the Roman Catholic Church, quite novel and...
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Oct 4

Opening the Word: The problem of a pure gift

By: Timothy P. O'Malley One of the major questions that has occupied the attention of philosophers in the 20th century is whether it’s possible to offer a pure gift. What’s meant by a pure gift? A pure gift is something that is given by a person without any strings attached. A parent would feed and love a child without any...
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Oct 2

Texas bishop says he is saddened that defending the Gospel is considered ‘bold’

By: Michael R. Heinlein But Bishop Strickland’s staunch defense of Church teaching and strong advocacy for transparency in the wake of the recent clergy abuse scandals — more widely pronounced in recent years thanks to social media — really can’t be described as anything but. While he speaks simply and almost...
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