VATICAN – The twin canonizations — along with five others — of Pope St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero prompted many to look for similarities between the two. But the more suggestive similarity is between “San Romero” — as they call him in El Salvador — and the pope whose 40th anniversary is marked this week.

Robert Brehl: Was Wuerl resignation handled correctly?

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Pope Francis had little or no choice but to accept the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop in Washington, D.C.

Barefoot and Preaching: Being carried does not come naturally

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After we are small children, it is rare that we are carried. Perhaps for a joke or dare, a photo-op at a threshold, maybe in the case of injury, or in certain situations in old age? My baby is big enough now I rarely carry his full weight unless he is asleep.

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Experiencing life and toxicity during the Season of Creation

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As celebrations for the Season of Creation unfolded over the past month, I was struck by two vastly different experiences: one life-giving, the other literally toxic.

Peter Stockland: Abortion is a failure to create alternatives

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From a pessimistic perspective, a McGill University conference marking 30 years since the Morgentaler decision might seem another predictable festival of defensive triumphalism from pro-choice warriors.

The Mustard Seed: God’s reign is ultimate reality

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It is said that significant numbers of Catholics have left the Church over the clergy sexual abuse crisis and the ensuing coverup. I cannot verify this since I do not know any Catholics who have made that decision. Nor have I read any news articles which quoted people who have left the Church or which provided analysis showing the emigration of disaffected Catholics.

Church on the street: Secrets of street reveal pain… and joy

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The summer had been warm and humid, and unlike many churches that can afford air conditioning, the church on the street had to find its own way of surviving the muggy evenings. 

Robert Brehl: Will Church leaders confront awful past?

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Is it possible for a Catholic bishop to not know sex with children is a crime? 

Charles Lewis: Alabama needs to fight for Ten Commandments

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The State of Alabama has had a controversial relationship with the Ten Commandments. Not so much its teachings but its physical representation.

Peter Stockland: Canada on hot seat for freedom forum

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The phrases “hot ticket” and “religious freedom forum” appear only infrequently in the same sentence, especially on Parliament Hill where the operative word is secularism, secularism and more secularism.

Figure of Speech: Listen to what the Lord wants us to hear

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Mondegreens are those wonderful phenomena in language where a misheard phrase is substituted for the real thing, usually in music. The term comes from American writer Sylvia Wright who explained that she misheard the phrase “and laid him on the green” in a Scottish ballad as “and Lady Mondegreen.”