Why Catholic Parents Can’t Just Do, “What works for us.”

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You hear it a lot from Catholic families, "You have to do what works for you."  I appreciate the sentiment.  People who say it genuinely mean well.  They are just trying to acknowledge the real challenges that accompany family life and extend sympathy to those who are struggling. Who could argue with that intention?  Certainly not me.   Unfortunately, while the intention is good, the delivery leaves a lot to be desired.  Catholic families must be comforted, they must be supported, they must be en … [Read more...]

Why Do Catholics Bother?

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Reflecting on Russel Shaw's new book about reclaiming our Catholic identity, especially in light of the controversy caused by Bishop Vasa's attempts to assert the Catholic identity of his diocesan schools, I thought it might be good to look at all the good things the Church tries to do and ask, "Why?"Why do Catholics run schools, hospitals, charity organizations and the like?  Are we just terminal do-gooder busy-bodies who can't just leave well-enough alone?Well, of course the answer to … [Read more...]


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