Life: 'Twas the fight before Christmas
Juggling far-flung families, annoying uncles, and hurt feelings, many Catholics find the days between Thanksgiving and New Year's more merry-go-round than Merry Christmas. Leslie Scanlon explores the demons of Christmas past and suggests some solutions to our sometimes perilous Christmas present.
Church: Poorly worded
Father William J. O'Malley, S.J. wonders why we don't consult the faithful for their input on words for worship that connect liturgy to real life.
Culture: Hold your fire! Let's call a truce in the war on Christmas
Is secularism blocking the way to the stable? Is the Holy Family pinned down by the holiday shopping hordes? Give me a break, says Father Paul Bourdreau, tongue-in-cheek. The war on Christmas is a lot of hype.
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Margin Notes: Happy Xmas (War is Over)
The war is officially over in Iraq. Violence still plagues the nation, and its future is tenuous. Considering the bang (and shock and awe) with which this war began, its commencement is certainly more sober.
Margin Notes: Cutting through Republican candidates' latest pro-life promises
Four of the remaining Republican candidates came out waving their pro-life flags in Iowa, promising that ending abortion will be their top priority should they make it to the White House.
Margin Notes: Morally unacceptable: 1 in 2 Americans is low income or poor
Why doesn't it bother us that 48 percent of Americans--148 million people--are low-income (up to 200 percent of the poverty line) or poor?
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