Viewpoints

Market Faith | Spiritual grounding key to a career change

Regardless of the state of the economy, there will always be the need for a "spiritual lifeline" for anyone undergoing a career transition, and especially for those seeking new employment.

While the marketplace is never as tough as when one becomes unemployed, the fact is that it can happen to anyone, at anytime, for any reason, regardless of one's seniority, position or value.

Fear Not | Trust in God brings peace

It is troubling that we live in a world fraught with dangers and evils of all kinds -- the presence of nuclear weapons, crime, pornography, high divorce rate, abortion, co-habitation, etc. The list seems endless.

It would be easy to despair and say that the ominous, immoral forces are too strong for us to overcome; or to say, "I am weary of putting so much effort into causes promoting a better world. The situation only seems to worsen."

The Catholic Difference | The limits of the papacy

During the preparation of the Second Vatican Council's "Dogmatic Constitution on the Church," Pope Paul VI proposed that the constitution's discussion of papal primacy include the affirmation that the Pope is "accountable to the Lord alone." This suggestion was rejected by the Council's Theological Commission, which wrote that "the Roman Pontiff is also bound to revelation itself, to the fundamental structure of the Church, to the sacraments, to the definitions of earlier councils and other obligations too numerous to mention." Pope Paul quietly dropped his proposal.

Man of the House | Let's stop adding names to these walls

Here's one of those great, unanswerable questions: Why do people fight wars?

I know, I know, history has presented us with a seemingly endless list of possible answers. Power. Oppression. Injustice. Greed. Fanaticism. Stupidity. Arrogance. Religious beliefs.

Revenge. Oil. Retaliation.

The Good Steward | We are all accountable for the protection of our children

What can we say that hasn't already been said many, many times before, especially in recent years? The sexual abuse of children is an unspeakable moral evil. Anyone who commits such a heinous crime -- especially family members, priests, teachers, coaches, youth workers or others who are entrusted with the care of children -- deserves to be punished to the full extent of both civil and Church law.

Catholic by Grace | Different approaches can help what ails us

In 1976, while the rest of the United States celebrated the bicentennial, I was enduring "The Year of the Tonsils." Those tonsils landed me in the Howard County Hospital twice that year. On the second occasion, the doctor removed them.

I remember two of the nurses who worked the surgical wing as polar opposites. They were both from the Sisters of Mercy, who had been petitioned to take over the small Iowa hospital in the early 1900s. That is where their similarities ended.

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