A small c catholic: When marriages have broken down irretrievably, what's needed is not words of harsh judgment and punishment, but words of love and acts of compassion.
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A small c catholic: I'm all for better interfaith and ecumenical relations, though it's hard to maintain optimism in times such as these. But I'm not giving up hope.
A small c catholic: The NFL -- as well as certain other sports -- encourages our baser instincts, and does it for profit.
A small c catholic: It's necessary for blacks and whites to understand one another when it comes to bigotry, economic injustice, and what gets called "white privilege."
A small c catholic: Ever since 9/11, Americans have been blitzed with anti-Islam messages, some vicious, some subtle, but all seeking to discredit the faith.
A small c catholic: About 10 years ago, I visited a Catholic seminary. I was struck by how little about that whole experience seemed to break with tradition.
A small c catholic: In the last 50 years, Christians have worked to improve relations with Jews. Sometimes the conflict gets more tangled and less easy to solve.
A small c catholic: As I wandered around our nation's capital, I was struck by how many churches make up the structural and social fabric of Washington.
A small c catholic: Woodstock, Ill., in the 1950s, when I grew up there, was almost all white. That seems to be changing, if a recent hometown visit is any indication.
A small c catholic: Sometimes we must run into the ditch ourselves to remember that others have slipped into it before us and remain there, struggling to right themselves.