Catholic News & Perspective

July 2020

Jul 31

Opening the Word: Suffering and sacrifice

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Feeding miracles are prominent in each of the Gospels. On five occasions in the Gospels, Jesus takes a small quantity of food, miraculously multiples this food through prayer, and feeds the crowds. In each instance, there are leftovers, a sign of the immensity of divine generosity. These miracles are patently Eucharistic....
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Jul 29

Priests find ways to manage stress, pastoral duties amid virus resurgence

By: Brian Fraga Wearing his personal protective gear, Father Chris Ponnet said he “feels extremely safe” while he’s anointing the sick and speaking with patients recovering from COVID-19. The fear and anxiety will later surface when Father Ponnet, the director of spiritual care for LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, walks...
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Jul 27

Will they know we are Christians?

By: Ava Lalor Ever since summer began, my young adult group has been planning different ways to get together. We’ve taken advantage of outdoor activities, even to the extreme of going on an 8-mile (or more) hike in over 90 degree weather. This weekend, we drove an hour north to go canoeing and kayaking for a few hours on a fine...
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Jul 24

Opening the Word: ‘Do you understand all these things?’

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells parables in groups of three. The parables, while building off one another, are subtly distinct. The last parable in the series tends to be the most dramatic, with themes related to God’s final judgment in history. The kingdom of heaven is first compared to a...
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Jul 22

New survey of bishops details financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic on dioceses, parishes

By: Brian Fraga The vast majority of the nation’s Catholic bishops say the novel coronavirus pandemic has upended the life of their local Churches, especially financially. Nearly all (95%) of the bishops who responded to a recent survey from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate said their...
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Jul 20

What Americans can learn from the Canadian school system

By:  Msgr. Owen F. Campion The recent United States Supreme Court decision regarding religious schools brings to mind a basic difference in philosophy between this country and Canada. The Canadian view makes good sense. The American approach does not. First, set the stage. While it is a parliamentary democracy — a robust and...
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Jul 17

Opening the Word: Opening the Word: Another virus, and the wheat and the weeds

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Dear friends, there is a virus circulating not only in the world but also in the Church. This virus cultivates disunity, fracturing the communion that Christ has called us to. This virus is spread via blogs and Twitter feeds, infecting Catholics the world over. Some of you have heard its symptoms: “Pope...
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Jul 15

As new Missionary of Mercy, South Carolina priest focuses his ministry on the hope of God’s love

By: Brian Fraga People joke about what a disaster 2020 has been, but Americans could be forgiven for being tempted to despair after the first six months of this turbulent year. The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 3 million people in the United States and killed more than 130,000 Americans since February. Long-simmering...
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Jul 13

Father Val Peter, longtime director of Boys Town, is remembered for his dedication to his vocation

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Father Val Peter, of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, who died June 30, was a longtime member of the board of directors of Our Sunday Visitor. For 20 years, he was director of the legendary Boys Town USA in Nebraska. He was a very special man and a very special priest. May he rest in peace. He was one of two...
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Jul 10

Opening the Word: Seeing with the parables

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Today, Our Lord explains why he uses parables in his teaching. The use of parables is not exclusively a way of gaining the attention of easily distracted disciples. Rather, parables are meant to form us to see beyond the visible to the invisible. At a literal level, Jesus is talking about a sower. We know the...
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Jul 8

Member of Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission says ‘We must use this opportunity to envision a better future’

By: Deborah Castellano Lubov Father Augusto Zampini, the Vatican’s adjunct secretary for its Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, who was appointed with a leading role in the Vatican’s new COVID-19 Commission, has a message for the world. “We need leaders in public, private and civil sectors to press the reset...
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Jul 6

Supreme Court rules that states cannot discriminate against religious schools by withholding financial aid

By: Russell Shaw In a 5-4 ruling upholding a Montana program to provide student scholarships for use at religious schools, the Supreme Court also in effect repudiated a 19th-century monument to anti-Catholic bigotry known as the Blaine Amendment. The majority opinion in the case, announced Tuesday, was written by Chief Justice John Roberts,...
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Jul 3

Opening the Word: Resting in Jesus to reveal the Father

By: Timothy P. O'Malley “‘No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him'” (Mt 11:27). Beloved, listen this day to the words of Jesus. He is telling us who he is. He is the Son of the Father, the God who created and redeemed the world. He alone...
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Jul 1

Vatican releases new Directory for Catechesis

By: Dr. Joseph White The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization today announced the release of the new Directory for Catechesis for the universal Church. A set of directives to all those who teach the Catholic faith, this is the third such directory in the history of the modern Church. Responding to today’s release of the...
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