Life: Don't get comfortable
Labels such as "consumers," "taxpayers," and "the faithful" make us passive, writes Bryan Cones. This Lent, let the Gospel move you to activism.
Church: When do the bread and wine become the body of Christ?
Is there a precise moment when "transubstantiation" takes place? Father James Field answers the question many have about the most important part of the Mass.
Culture: Houses divided
As immigrants face a new and treacherous patchwork of state laws, children and families are being separated by a shifting set of rules.
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The Examined Life: A bishop who can speak without shouting: Blase Cupich's reasonable voice on the mandate
As the media continues to follow NYC's "rock star" Archbishop Timothy Dolan to Rome to get his red hat, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington is doing what really matters: Dialing back the rhetoric over the HHS mandate and offering some meaningful beginnings to dialogue about not only this issue but the relationship between religion and government in a pluralistic society.
The Examined Life: For the bishops, much to lose in the contraception kerfluffle
The battle lines keep shifting on the contraception front: Catholic Charities USA denies that it has endorsed the Obama administration's "accommodation" for religiously affiliated social service, health, and educational institutions.
Margin Notes: Polluting our nation's health
People have debated for years whether or not man-made manufacturing of pollutants has contributed to global climate change. However, three new studies have come out this week showing that high air pollution is at least having a negative impact on our nation's health, if not our environment.
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