Media must serve to promote ‘authentic culture of encounter’

At its best, media informs, inspires and engages. It creates unity and a common thread throughout a community, allowing people to share in the daily joys, sorrows and challenges of their neighbors. Media must provide for “an authentic culture of encounter” and serve to give voice to those on the margins of society.

Arizona Catholic Conference 2014 legislative wrap-up

On April 24, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 1:46 a.m., after spending 101 days in session. Like last year, the number of bills introduced was somewhat lower than normal with just over 1,300 pieces of legislation offered this session, about 300 of which actually became law.

These are the facts about the HHS mandate

Here is an editorial titled "These are the facts about the HHS mandate" from the Oct. 28 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, a national...

Suffering may come

“ cried, ‘Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on...

Fathers: Giving life, faith to others — or not

Even now, four years after the day we lost him, I still hear the voice of my father resound within me day by day, guiding me through life’s twists and turns.

Veterans create beauty for others in spite of pain, loss

Recently I was invited to attend the Phoenix VA Health Care System Arts Festival to honor and display the artwork of veterans. Since so many...

Cross-centered Catholic renewal

In a Sistine Chapel homily, given to the cardinals who had elected him pope the evening before, the new bishop of Rome, reflecting on the dialogue between Jesus and Peter at Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16:13-25), challenged those who had just laid a great cross on his shoulders to deepen their own commitment to Christ crucified.

Human Freedom; Part two: Education for freedom

“It is not enough to say ‘I am free’,” Blessed John Paul II was accustomed to say, “One needs also to say ‘I am...

Can organ-harvesters be Number One?

Despite some hiccups caused by the sorry state of the world economy, China is still The Future for many global analysts. Thomas Friedman of...

Another coalition for religious freedom?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, a broad, bipartisan coalition quickly formed to restore to federal...