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Black Elk and the Need for Catechists

I write these words as the annual November meeting of the United States bishops comes to a close. We bishops discussed many significant matters—from racism and immigration to the liturgy … more

Paul VI, Prophet

This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter Humanae vitae. I won’t bore you with the details of the innumerable … more

A pledge to change the culture, rebuild trust

On the six-month anniversary of my ordination and installation as the fourth bishop of Jefferson City, my heart is full of gratitude for all the good people of central and northeast Missouri who … more

“Lady Bird” and the Breakthrough of Grace

Greta Gerwig’s new film, Lady Bird, has taken the critics by storm. It is the most-reviewed movie in the history of the website Rotten Tomatoes to have sustained a 100% positive rating, and … more

The Death of an Evangelical Titan

I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Billy Graham preach about twenty years ago in Cincinnati. At the time, Dr. Graham was around eighty years old and clearly in frail health. He came to the podium … more

How the “Star Wars” Franchise Lost Its Way

I fell sound asleep for about ten minutes during the most recent installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi. This was not only because the narrative had wandered down a very tedious … more

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t spend a lot of time on … more

Father Patrick Peyton and road to sainthood/ Pray for Judas Iscariot?

Q. A friend told me recently that the cause of Father Patrick Peyton had been sent to the Vatican for sainthood. Do you know how it stands and when he might be declared a saint? (I hope and pray that … more

Saucier: In the absence of light

It is dark to the west. Rain is not as much threatened as promised in the silence of the sky and the stillness of the leaves. It is not a storm, more like nature just needs a good … more

Funeral Mass in funeral home?/ Overpopulation and Catholic teaching

Q. In certain parts of our country, they are allowed to have the Mass of Christian Burial at funeral homes. I think this is a wonderful idea, especially for small funerals. Who makes that decision or … more

Vogel: In truth and humility

Jesus taunts the religious authorities, the Pharisees and the Herodians. These were politically motivated groups that opposed each other but conspired together against Jesus. It’s easy to … more

Follow-up on agoraphobia/ Grandparent as baptismal sponsor?

Q. I enjoy reading your columns in our diocesan newspaper. Recently you responded to a person who is concerned about missing Mass due to agoraphobia. (Editor's note: Agoraphobia is defined as an … more

Burial of unbaptized/ Role of deacon

Q. My son passed away recently at the age of 35. We held a memorial service for him since we could not have a funeral Mass. (He was not baptized as an infant -- which was my decision, of course, not … more

Non-sacramental marriage

Q. Recently I read an article stating that the "Catholic" Ten Commandments are different from those given to Moses. According to this article, Catholics deleted the Second Commandment -- about no … more

La más maravillosa Navidad en Nuevo México

Cuando mis cinco hermanos y yo vivíamos en un rancho en Nuevo México durante la Gran Depresión, no creíamos en Santa Claus. Mis padres nunca nos dijeron que … more

El desdeñó de la vida, en la humanidad y en la naturaleza

Al reflexionar hoy día, vemos que, quizás más que nunca, la vida en todas sus dimensiones se encuentra amenazada.   Una guerra nuclear mataría millones en … more

Los retos de la cuaresma

Como la cuaresma marca los 40 días que Jesús ayunó en el desierto, todo el mundo trata sacrificar una comida o bebida, el chocolate o vaso de vino favorito, durante esta … more

FR. BROOKE: Three steps to joy

        The following remarks on Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation on the Universal Call to Holiness are from a priest of the Jefferson … more

Saucier: Command performance

The Pharisees tried to get Him on taxes, but Jesus went all Solomon with His “Render unto Caesar.” They thought they’d take another shot — this time with the law. A scholar asked the … more

SAUCIER — Waste not

An amazing thing about Scripture is its ability to be perennially new. Even the most familiar passages can offer insights that we have never considered before. All we have to do is to be … more
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