• The most important kind of leadership

    We were very far away from Iowa and New Hampshire and Super Tuesday. A few nights into the New Year, 3,000 Catholic college students were gathered for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ Student Leadership Summit. Their surprise speaker — who might look out of place if he had been on the official agenda — was former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

  • ‘Very worrisome’

    As Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel “Lord of the World” moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who has placed simple-minded faith in the utter goodness of the antichrist figure at the center of the story awakens to the fact that her hero has artfully constructed a regime of violence, oppression and thought control.

     

  • Impressions from attending the joint session address by Pope Francis

    The House is much more an intimate space than on what one sees on television. I noticed a fisheye lens camera that creates the magic on television. In reality, you can virtually reach out and touch the Members (or as I did well after the pope’s departure and the House Chamber started to clear, give a shout out to a Member who heard and replied).

  • Squaring the circle

    In years gone by, it was hardly unusual for periodic assemblies of the world Synod of Bishops to pass largely unnoticed by the media and just about everybody else. Not this time.

  • Pope Francis’ popularity

    Journalists are understandably fond of conflict — after all, it gives them something to talk about. Media coverage and commentary relating to a drop in Pope Francis’ popularity rating in a recent Gallup poll was an illustration of that.

  • Militarization will not resolve underlying problems in El Salvador

    SAN SALVADOR — Violence has escalated over the past few weeks in El Salvador. Gang hitmen — sicarios —recently killed two soldiers who were guarding a bus station that is part of the recently opened Metropolitan System of Transport of Grand San Salvador (SITRAMSS).

  • Aborted baby body parts for sale

    How low can society go? When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products — from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations — it’s hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.

  • Hiroshima and Iran

    It’s an accident of history that the present debate on the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran overlaps the 70th anniversary of the first uses of atomic weapons in war.

  • Church leaders applaud nuclear agreement with Iran

    Committed to a negotiated settlement over the real possibility of armed conflict, six world powers and Iran have decided to give peace a chance.

     

     

  • Catholic priest who blessed atomic bomb crews — and his conversion

    Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment — the atomic bomb — was dropped by an American B-29 bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people.

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The world as it should be

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Catholic social teaching gives us a vision of the world as it could be and as it should be. ... The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most radical doctrine in the history of ideas. If the world believed what Jesus proclaimed ... every society could be transformed overnight.

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May 27, 2016

  • Friday, May 27

    17th Annual Mary Logan Orcutt Awards Dinner, 6 p.m., Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Rd., Woodland Hills. Presented by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Guadalupe Community Center to honor supporters and benefit Guadalupe Community Center. Honorees are: Most Reverend Gerald Wilkerson, Auxiliary Bishop (Emeritus), Archdiocese of L.A.; Providence Tarzana Medical Center; El Proyecto del Barrio; John Reeve. Dinner attended by Archbishop José H. Gomez. Tickets $175. For info or tickets, contact 213-251-3556 or email syanez@ccharities.org.

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