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Free to registered users. By Mary DeTurris Poust. Prinicpals and administrators alike say it's a different world today, and that every precaution should be exercised to keep children safe.
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Column by editor Gerald Korson. The Learning Channel's reality series, "The Monastery," gets a thumbs-up for watching.
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By Edward N. Peters. Not well understood, the "medicinal penalty" is primarily a call to repentance and restoration.
By Mary DeTurris Poust. Everyday anger can lead to violent outbursts like school shootings if left to itself and not treated, Catholic experts say.
By Emily Stimpson. Historian Mark Noll believes the divide between Catholics and some Protestents grows smaller as politics, theology draw us closer together.
By Rod Bennet. This week's In Focus section on Stewardship begins with an interview with Fr. Daniel Mahan on how stewardship calls us to reach out into the world.
By Caroline Schermerhorn. This In Focus section article examines Blessed Trinity Catholic Church of Ocala, Florida, where parishioners find the Eucharist allows them to remain focused on stewardship.
By Caroline Schermerhorn. This In Focus section article focuses on how stewardship is more than about "giving money."
By Gerald Korson. In this In Focus article, our editor discusses how diocese must make difficult decisions about reconfiguring parish and pastoral structures.
By Kimberley Heatherington. The U.S. deaf Catholic population is being underserved by the Church because of a lack of nonhearing priests, says new Dominican founder.
Column by Marcellino D'Ambrosio. John and James sought places of honor, but greatness is found in those who serve.
By Sean Gallagher. The The World Mission Rosary, started by Archbishop Fulton Sheen, still packs a prayerful punch and is going digital after 55 years.
Pastoral Answers column by Monsignor M. Francis Mannion. Many parishes offer them to children, but this practice is not part of official liturgical norms.
Counter Culture column by Kathy Shaidle. Ann Coulter's lastest book demonstrates that children of God come in all shapes and sizes.
Spectator column by Greg Erlandson, OSV publisher. Network television is losing audience share because it has less wit or substance to offer.
This week's editorial covers two topics: 1) The message of hope and forgiveness of the Amish after the terrible Pennsylvania school shooting and 2) the revelations of former Rep. Mark Foley.
Free for registered users. This week's letters include: parishes should watch their budgets; the need for self-defense; euthanasia; Chinese bishop's kidnapping; and deacons.
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