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There are certain concepts you pick up as a kid that you get stuck with for life. There might be a little modification along the way but basically whatever ideas you have about God, family, the importance of having a pet dog and such are based on perceptions that you developed before you hit…

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“We don’t want women to die in childbirth,” Kathryn Garcia, who is running for mayor of New York, told me on March 30. The former head of sanitation in the city, she just got a surprise New York Times endorsement, raising her stature in the race to succeed Bill De Blasio. 

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Archbishop Joseph Cordileone leads the Archdiocese of San Francisco, a symbolic city in debates about modern American culture.

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Recently, former President Donald Trump and people around him have been dropping more and more hints that he will run for president in 2024. 

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President Joseph Biden mentions his Catholic faith frequently. We’ve heard him cite both Pope and Saint Francis. At his inauguration, he ran through a litany of promises about love, healing and decency, and other things no one could object to, prefaced by: “Before God and all of you I give y…

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The practice of cannibalism has a peculiar place in American history. Coincidentally, as this week marks the 175th anniversary of the departure of an ill-fated group of pioneers led by George Donner, I think it’s time to take a look at what’s going on in the Republican Party. Depending on yo…

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As a rule, I read few biographies, and certainly not of authors, people whose most significant life events are spent alone. In my case, Churchill, Swift and Dostoyevsky are the exceptions that prove the rule: world historical figures who can’t be understood outside the context of their times.

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It was just like one of those inspiring Tyler Perry movie scenes when a believer does the right thing and helps a struggler have a come-to-Jesus epiphany.

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We owe a debt of gratitude for Mark Friesenhahn’s Guest Column, “Water Shortages Must be Addressed” that appeared in Saturday’s (April 17-18) Opinion page of the Herald-Zeitung. While he does not use the word explicitly, he is speaking about the myth of growth and the dangers of its excesses…

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Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to rebuild the United States? To remake American capitalism? To reshape the role of government? The president’s Democratic supporters say yes. But the results of the election that brought Biden to office say no.

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In his appearance before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, President Biden sought to answer Americans’ questions about what direction he intends to steer the country. But Mr. Biden’s speech, less a State of the Union Address than a statement about what kind of union he envisions, …

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COLUMBUS, OHIO — On the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, the 14th-century saint, I was surrounded by Dominican friars, priests who have dedicated their lives to God. Remembering her, we sang: “No earthy pleasure, bodily adornment, nor fleshly beauty, satisfied your longing; every enticement …

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I’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime (“Op-Ed Columns for Dummies” being one of my favorites) but I have never turned the last page of anything — even a book by Ayn Rand — and said to myself that this particular book should be banned. 

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When training pastors and chaplains, educators frequently stress the need for boundaries between work and home.

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Hike, cycle or drive across the expanse of Comal County and one notes considerable turning of soil surfaces or drastic clearing for home or commercial development.  

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I recently came across a cartoon that offered some deep insight into an important issue. In it, the first character says: “Did you know that water is the most important ingredient for life?” To which the second person responds, “Why, of course, without it you can’t make coffee.” Unfortunatel…

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