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Out of sight, out of mind

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Once ubiquitous, the parish priest is disappearing into thin air, with troubling effects on young Catholic imaginations.

A few years ago while teaching, I realized that my students, mostly Catholic high school graduates, considered bishops to be distant administrators and not teachers. This attitude initially puzzled me, but I soon realized that, because of the decline in priestly vocations, most had been taught solely by laypeople and did not view clerics as teachers.


Vocational school: Sister Katarina Schuth on seminaries

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Having taught in and studied seminaries for 20 years, Katarina Schuth sizes up the changes in today's seminaries and the men they are forming for the priesthood.

Karatina Schuth didn't set out to study seminaries. With a doctoral degree in cultural geography, she had researched literacy in rural India, taught at a Minnesota college, and studied moral theology. Her work on seminaries initially just fell into her lap, she says.


Let's enlist short-term priests as a long-term solution

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Celibacy isn't the problem, argues Father Andrew Greeley. It's the lifelong service to the priesthood that scares away young men.

Bring back men in black

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Religious clothing allows Catholics to make a fashion statement about their faith, says a young priest who sports the look that a previous generation put away.

Don't forget the flowers

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Bad news about the church can be a good opportunity to remember why we’re here in the first place.

With some reluctance I have to admit that one reason I am a Catholic today is a May crowning—actually a series of them. The first Friday of every May at St. Joseph School featured a riot of flowers gathered by every student, lovingly (if not artfully) arranged around our standard blue statue of Mary, which would be crowned twice, by a lucky boy and girl respectively.


Certifiably Catholic

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Our place in the church isn't determined by politics or policy.

If there's one lesson Americans can take from the last 12 months of our political life, it's that something called "bipartisanship" is long dead and buried. If the recent national debate on health care is an indication, anyone "reaching across the aisle" is most likely trying to punch the person in the opposite chair.


The Sisters of Mercy aren't McDonald's

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Religious congregations are not franchises of the Vatican "central office." More like families than corporations, sisters have different missions, needs, and styles of life.

When the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious is discussed, two questions are asked repeatedly:

1) If religious have nothing to hide, why would they object to being investigated by the Vatican?


No forgiveness, no future: An interview with Archbishop Desmund Tutu

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In an interview from our archives (August 2000), Archbishop Desmond Tutu shares the lessons learned from chairing South Africa's Turth and Reconciliation Commission.

Use your inside voice: Why media shouting is bad for the pro-life cause

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The high pitch of pro-life advocacy could heed some old-fashioned parental guidance.

Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care

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While Catholic moral teaching on medical treatment has been in place for hundreds of years, the last three decades have seen increased development and debate.

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