Faithful to the end, Notre Dame's Fr. Ted Hesburgh is mourned across the country

Fr. Ted Hesburgh died Thursday in Notre Dame, Indiana. Advisor to presidents for 50 years and an inspiration to Catholics across America, he was wry and insightful until the end. "We brought this fellow Obama to the campus (in 2009 to give the Commencement Address), and I think we helped him regain his footing," said Fr. Ted later in an interview. He had no patience for those who sought to put doctrine or ideology before truth in Catholic higher education. "Truth and Faith will never ultimately be in conflict. We need to pursue the one, and trust that God will lead us to deeper understanding of the other." more »


Bishop Jerry Kicanas speaks truth to power on Capitol Hill about immigration

Speaking at a hearing on immigration enforcement held by the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, the Arizona bishop was the only one of four witnesses at the hearing who spoke against the proposed immigration enforcement bills. "As a nation, do we want to take the country down this road again? Do we want to criminalize millions of persons who have built equities in this country, jail them, and separate their families, including those with U.S.-citizen children?" more »
What would Jesus think of "American Sniper"?

The box office success of "American Sniper" suggests an appetite by Americans for films that glamorize violence. Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy writes about the Christian imperative to speak out against this kind of movie, which undermines the central tennet of Christianity: "Love your enemies." more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama


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