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The current method of selecting bishops runs contrary to church tradition

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Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.

Which Way to the Right Side of History?

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As a big, well-heeled Presbyterian church nearby has been cutting ties with its mainline Protestant heritage in rebellion against the denomination's full inclusion of gays and lesbians, I find myself declaring that the congregation is "on the wrong side of history." I speak it with puffed-up authority as a conversation stopper, implying that I discern with an eagle eye who's going with the historical flow and who's not.

The pros and cons of parking your kid in front of a screen

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Not long ago, I went to a talk at MIT where one of the presenters, a computer science professor, offered an amusing anecdote about his 2-year-old daughter, who had begun talking more and more. He was surprised, he said, when after the conventional "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "Yes" and "No" that were his daughter's very first words, the next articulate thought that came out of her mouth was, "Skip ad!"

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