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Opioids, pain management, and addiction: Balancing ethical duties

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of ...



Worldly solutionsJaymie Stuart Wolfe

As more and more state attorneys-general open more and more inquiries into the Church's history of sexual abuse allegations, it is clear that the headlines we've been reading with much consternation and ...

Why do we exalt the cross?Father Steve Grunow

Today (9/14) the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In one respect this great day commemorates the discovery of the relics of Christ's crucifixion by the Roman Empress, Helena, ...

The runway to self-sufficiencyDebbie Rambo

One of the bright spots on our yearly calendar is the Catholic Charities South Fashion Show. Our 270 attendees were treated to a lovely Sunday brunch, where our volunteer models sported the newest looks ...

Servant of allScott Hahn

In today's First Reading, it's like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes--who last week Jesus predicted would torture and ...

Being Dave DombrowskiDick Flavin

Let's say that you are Dave Dombrowski. You and Sam Kennedy are the bosses of the Boston Red Sox. Sam takes care of the business side of the operation, which are extensive, complicated, and require great ...

Maintenance vs. missionGeorge Weigel

Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, took things from "boil" to "nuclear meltdown" ...

Praying with childrenJohn Garvey

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the church faces ...

Tintoretto and the Reform of the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

I am in Washington, DC this week for meetings of the USCCB. Since formal proceedings didn't begin until the evening, I found myself yesterday morning with a little free time. So I made my way to one of ...