Robert Curtis

Mr. Robert Curtis, a life-professed Lay Dominican, teaches composition at the University of Phoenix and creative writing at Rio Salado College.

One thing that Catholics are always doing is rediscovering Jesus; it’s in our nature, and, if you will pardon the pun, it’s in our blood. We meet Jesus in Scripture, we discover Him again in the Church, we find Him yet again in each other, and we meet Him always in the real presence of the Eucharist.

Abortion is the hot-button issue of the day. Who among us can rationally argue that the protection of human life — at its core and despite wars of politics or economics — is NOT inherent to human nature? Why do we have so many ERs? Why do we condemn murder, manslaughter and cannibalism?

Dr. Martino takes the notion of faith and truth and paints broad-strokes directly into the secular world.

Say the words, “Roman Catholic,” and what are the first images that pop into people’s minds?

With a deeper understanding of Church social doctrine and the willful act of putting away our useless pride, we can cease being Republicans or Democrats first and cease looking at the world only through a nationalistic lens.

We all love journey stories, especially those that tell us how someone got to where they are and those that remind us of our own journeys.

I’m having a crisis of literature. For the second month in a row, I am reviewing a book by a non-Catholic pastor. This one, “A Second Day: a Hopeful Journey Out of Suicidal Thinking,” by Fe Anam Avis.

I write for a Catholic newspaper and belong to a Catholic religious order, yet I’m about to unleash a review of a book written by a non-Catholic Christian pastor.

We might think it safe to say that the Church, like the world, is in disarray and is victim to the calamity of whim. A fellow English professor says so in his new book, “Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching.”

A few days before Christmas, the final installment of the screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit hit theaters. Not many people know that...


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