Catholic News & Perspective

May 2018

May 23

The emerging landscape of school vouchers

By Paul Senz OSV Newsweekly As parents have the right to make certain decisions about their children’s education, many states have enacted laws allowing for voucher programs to help parents send their children to private schools. But voucher programs remain controversial. Essentially, voucher programs use government funds — tax...
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May 21

The right to Jerusalem

By Msgr. Owen F. Campion OSV Newsweekly     Imagine that the 180 countries having diplomatic relations with the United States situated their official representatives not in Washington, D.C., but in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Therefore, if Belgium wished to avoid tariffs in selling Belgian lace to American retailers, a rather...
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May 18

Opening the Word: Works of the Spirit

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Turn on cable news, look at a Twitter feed, or read the comments of any article on any website, and you’ll see disunity. Through each of these media, we blame each other. We form self-selected groups, echo chambers of like-minded individuals who are both perfectly right and perfectly agreeable. And we...
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May 16

The ongoing fight for our ‘first freedom’

BY: Gretchen R. Crowe OSV Newsweekly In November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops signaled strong support for continuing its commitment to religious liberty by transitioning its expired ad hoc committee on the subject into a standing committee. With new leadership — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville has replaced Archbishop...
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May 14

The ugly truth

By: Teresa Tomeo OSV Newsweekly At first, I thought it was a crude joke. Although I have a long laundry list of issues with the so-called women’s marches and those behind them, their latest move to supposedly show their support for better treatment of women was so out of touch, even for them, in terms of what they were supporting and the...
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May 11

Opening the Word: Consecrated for us

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly In the United States, most dioceses have transferred the celebration of the Ascension from Thursday to Sunday. Thus, American Catholics rarely hear the readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. It’s worth attending to these texts as a way of contemplating the mystery of the Ascension. What happens on...
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May 9

Catholic schools work to promote safety

By: Brian Fraga OSV Newsweekly Catholic school leaders from New England to California are joining their public school counterparts in evaluating safety protocols and looking to see what they can do to prevent school shootings and other tragedies. From building relationships with local law enforcement agencies to ensuring that parents are...
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May 7

Petere is with us

By: Robert P. Lockwood OSV Newsweekly    “Peter is within.” That was the translation of an inscription scratched amid a host of ancient Christian hieroglyphics that pointed at the truth. Tradition long had held that St. Peter the Apostle, martyred in Rome, was buried there. Somewhere under the altar of the basilica...
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May 4

Opening the Word: God chose us

By: Timothy P. O'Malley OSV Newsweekly Pride is the downfall of the human race. It’s the sin where we imagine in our hearts that God has chosen us because of how remarkable we are. We tell ourselves that we alone are the worthy ones, the righteous ones, the gifted ones. Fortunately for us, that’s not how God works. In the Acts of the...
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May 2

Do numbers show a shifting abortion divide?

By: Mark M. Gray OSV Newsweekly Most Americans, 62 percent, believe abortion is a “complex issue,” according to a new poll about American attitudes toward abortion released last week by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). The best example of this complexity may be that 52 percent of American adults agree with the...
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