Columnists

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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Depersonalizing the Dementia Patient

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Televangelist Pat Robertson made another high-profile gaffe last week when he told a caller on “The 700 Club” show that a husband who is tempted to cheat on his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife ought to leave her for someone new. “I know it sounds cruel,” Robertson said, “but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce […]

Russell Shaw
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America’s Endless War

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Is America condemned to endless war? And if so, what implications does that have for the American psyche — the American soul? A friend of mine who is a practicing poet writing under the pen name Pavel Chichikov shares a poem composed after hearing the roar of F-16s — presumably engaged in protecting the citizenry […]

Peggy Bowes
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A Dolphin’s Tale of Inspiration for the Military

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The family-friendly movie Dolphin Tale is one of the best films I have seen in a long time.  I laughed, I cried, and I didn’t want it to end.  The story centers on Winter (a real dolphin who plays herself), who was caught in a crab trap on the Florida coast and rescued by young […]

Marge Fenelon
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“I Spy” is More than Child’s Play

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If you think “I Spy” is just a game for children, think again. Our federal government and the public school system have begun to play – but for real and they’re playing with our lives and the lives of our children. Team Obama has launched “Attack Watch,” (www.AttackWatch.com) an interactive website and subcategory of www.mybarackobama.com […]

Louie Verrecchio
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Turning SSPX Defiance into Good

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Shortly after the first of many meetings between the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in October of 2009, I wrote in my column: Regardless of whether or not the meetings result in the SSPX arriving at full communion – something each of us should […]

Marybeth Hicks
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A (Sex-ed) Test D.C. Students Can Pass?

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Here’s a pop quiz: What percentage of elementary school children in the District’s public schools is proficient in math? What about reading? What is the proficiency of D.C. high school students in these areas? The answer: less than half. Scores on the 2011 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System exams showed only about 43 percent of elementary […]

Fr. Frank Pavone
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Political Parties and Skull Cracking

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Whether it’s an election year or not, I see to it that Priests for Life echoes loud and clear the duty of citizens to inform themselves about where the candidates stand on the issues. This evaluation starts, of course, with where they stand on violence against human beings, because if public servants cannot tell the […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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The Generosity of God

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“But that’s not fair!”  Most parents have heard this phrase umpteen times.  The notion of fairness, also known as justice, is wired into us.  It makes us aware that each of us has certain rights that need to be respected. But it also means that we each have duties.  If others have the right to […]

Karen J Rinehart
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Reliving the Orthodontia Journey

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Dear Reader, I have so many friends whose kids are either beginning or ending the orthodontia journey, I found myself revisiting the history of my own daughter’s mouth-capades.  After 6 years of having some form of wire contraption glued in my daughter’s mouth (and us living off of mac & cheese, the clouds parted and […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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Too Much Screen Time

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So plopping your preschooler in front of the television to gawk at “SpongeBob SquarePants” — a frenetic cartoon featuring scene changes every 11 seconds — impairs his attention span. Who could have guessed? This astonishing revelation comes courtesy of the Pediatrics journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The journal recently published a study showing […]

Marge Fenelon
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Sunshine’s Getting Older

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It’s the first day of school here at the Fenelon Clan Abode, and I made our high school sophomore a super-duper, extra-special, sunshine theme breakfast: Eggs in a basket with little mini-sun cutouts, sunshine drink (milk with vanilla, sweetener, and yellow food coloring), and yogurt parfait with bursting sun rays (peach slices arranged along the […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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A Passive-aggressive President

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Poor President Obama. All he wanted to do was deliver a jobs speech to Congress. How were he and his staff supposed to know that their chosen time and date happened to be exactly the same as that of a long-planned Republican presidential debate, where his aspiring rivals planned to highlight his failure to create […]

Russell Shaw
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Could the London Riots Happen Here?

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Commentary on the riots inLondon and other British cities has frequently made the point that what happened there could be a forerunner of something that might happen inAmerica. And why not? After all, it already has — think of Watts, think of the eruptions inWashingtonand other American cities after Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Schools Serving Leftist Kool-Aid as Curriculum

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Backpack? Check. Transformers lunchbox? Check. Leftist political Kool-Aid? Check. Looks like the school year can begin. This week, millions of American children return to their classrooms. Unfortunately, the material some of them will be forced to study is controversial, to say the least. In keeping with their habit of using our educational system to impose […]

Peggy Bowes
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A Lesson on Birth Control from… Moses?

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I recently renewed a friendship with a long-lost high school friend on Facebook and was surprised by her rather liberal views on politics and religion.  After all, we had both attended a Catholic high school, although she is Episcopalian.  At first, I thought that perhaps I should move on as our world views were so […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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Bloomberg’s Soulless Decision

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Ten years ago this month, after a band of radical Islamists crashed airplanes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, religion surged to the forefront of our national conversation. The twisted, hateful beliefs of the terrorists came into sharp focus, of course. But so did the generous, life-affirming faith of their victims […]

Marge Fenelon
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Not So Glee-ful

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Recently, I noticed some social networking posts by a Catholic woman friend about her enjoyment of FOX’s show, “Glee.” This is a woman I respect so I assumed that “Glee” was a wholesome show that any Catholic woman could watch without worry to her conscience. I was enthusiastic in hope that, finally, prime time television […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Admonish Sinners

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I used to think that God’s law was like those dumb rules we had to put up with in grammar school, like “Thou shalt not chew gum in class.”  They are arbitrary laws that bureaucrats came up with to keep them happy and the rest of us miserable.  The goal of students is to break […]

Daniel Pipes
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Assessing Qaddafi

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The world’s longest ruling head of state, Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi (the correct transliteration of his name), would have been ruler of Libya for exactly 42 years on Sept. 1. As he leaves the scene, his wretched reign deserves an appraisal. Qaddafi took power at the age of 27 in the waning days of Gamal Abdel Nasser, […]

Marybeth Hicks
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All the Bad Parents out There: Raise Your Hand

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Ok, fess up. Are you a good parent or a bad one? Last week, bad parents were all over the news, so if you weren’t plastered throughout the media for pouring hot sauce down your son’s throat, shaving your daughter’s head for lying, or otherwise terrorizing the little ones in your care, you’re not as […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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A New Kind of Rebel

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Another World Youth Day has come and gone, and with it, all the usual speculation about what it means. Ever since the late Pope John Paul II launched the international faith festival in 1984 by welcoming 300,000 young Catholics to Rome, the chattering classes have struggled to account for its appeal. That struggle continued last […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Peter as Satan?

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Truth in advertizing — after all the glowing reports of the benefits of a product, potential side effects need to be mentioned.  Informed consent — before surgery, patients have to be told of all the things that could possibly go wrong.  That way, they have the chance to opt out before it’s too late. As […]

Ebeth Weidner
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Gold

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At Adoration yesterday, deep in thought with Christ, I noticed gleaming shine from two places catching my sight.  One was the monstrance, where the Holy Eucharist was displayed; the other was on my own hand. My wedding band seemed to match the golden monstrance made to enhance and protect Christ’s Body in the humble form of bread. […]

Russell Shaw
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New Evangelization for Every Catholic

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A man I know was sitting on a boardwalk bench several weeks ago watching the ocean and thinking about nothing special. Two young men, maybe 18 or 20, came up and sat down beside him. The one nearest him leaned over and said: “Excuse me, sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?” […]

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