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Pope Francis, Meet Facebook

You may have heard that Pope Francis recently met with Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan. While many news sources covered this meeting, The Atlantic published a thoughtful essay on the event that I encourage…
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The Rise of Egg-Freezing Parties

  A New York-based friend who is studying for her Ph.D. recently shared with me a LinkedIn notice she received. Upon logging into her profile, she saw that she had been invited to an “egg-freezing party.” As you might guess, the…
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Where the “Economy of Sex” Might Lead

Recently, I came across an interesting video, The Economics of Sex, produced by the Austin Institute for Marriage and Culture. The video was released in 2014, and it received a good amount of attention from both conservative and liberal media…
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Reaching Various Catholic Groups with the Gospel

As a Church, we need to always live in the realm of what is “real and true,” including how we need carry out our evangelization efforts so that all Catholics are impacted by the message of the Gospel. To help in this assessment and planning,…
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A Great Benefit of Having a Universal Church

It seems clear that God is permitting a loss of the Universal Catholic Faith in one part of the world, while fueling its growth in another. The growth is seen in the Southern Hemisphere and the loss of faith in the Northern Hemisphere, where…

A “New Savvy” Emerges from Young Adult Catholics

It has been more than fifty years since Bishop Fulton J. Sheen captured the attention of television viewers throughout the nation with his dynamic presence, wit, and wisdom. These days, with the possible exception of comedians like Stephen Colbert…

WYD Pilgrims Reveal Future of US Catholicism

A recent article from National Catholic Reporter suggests that the delegations of young Catholics from the U.S. traveling to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow this year reflect the shifting demographics of U.S. Catholicism. Dioceses are reporting…
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Outdoor Weddings and the Theology of Encounter

In an effort to integrate young Catholic couples into the parish community and educate them in the Faith, Bishop George Leo Thomas of the Diocese of Helena has decided to allow some weddings to take place at suitable outdoor locations, provided…