Is living the teaching of Humanae Vitae regarding the moral means of managing fertility burdensome? Yes, and effective pastoral support for couples who are attempting to do just that — using natural family planning (NFP) rather than contraception — is served by acknowledging that up front. NFP is a burden.

Robert Brehl: Trump, an Ugly American in Paris

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Just when one thinks the current president of the United States can’t do anything more brazen, he trumps that belief and goes one further.

Charles Lewis: We must open eyes to anti-Christian bigotry

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There is something about distance, numbers and repetition that I have always found peculiar in terms of evoking reaction. I find this is especially true when thinking about anti-religious persecution.

Church on the Street: In this ‘pop-up’ community, all are one

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A Catholic, a Baptist and a Mennonite walked into a bar and the barman said, “What’s this, some kind of a joke?” 

Glen Argan: Finding an ongoing encounter with Christ

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The rich man who came to Jesus looking for the meaning of life had kept all the commandments. Still, an emptiness remained. “What do I still lack?” he asked Jesus (Matthew 19:20).

Peter Stockland: The power of hearts makes a better world

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In a fine interview following the recent synagogue killings in Pittsburgh, Ottawa’s Rabbi Reuven Bulka offered wisdom that went far beyond the specific act of terrible bloodshed. 

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Moms don’t kid around with Macron’s musings

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During a recent speech, French President Emmanuel Macron made a statement that hit a nerve with moms around the world. 

Church on the Street: Friends stand by with help and prayers

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“I’m going down east to try to be reconciled with my father.” 

Figure of Speech: Selfies and looking beyond the lens

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Recently I Googled the term “selfie” and determined quickly that no further research into the matter was needed. What I found were endless varieties of scantily clad self-representations, with very little analysis about why anyone would transmit these images about themselves, or what the images were meant to suggest other than an easily accessible sexuality occurring in epidemic proportions (79 million images on Instagram alone that fall into this category). 

Charles Lewis: Frustrations with euthanasia

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On rare occasions I get clear signals of what needs to be done in my life. When it comes, it arrives through people I respect. Each gives me the answer I need but I did not know I needed till I heard it. 

Charles Lewis: St. Francis sets an example for reformers

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St. Francis of Assisi means a lot to me. Reading about him during the early days of my conversion really made Catholicism come alive. I even took the name Francis when I entered the Church.