The March 2018 archive of Daily News

Church leaders praise Hawking for contribution to science, dialogue

Posted by Kyle Eller

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who said he did not believe in God, was still an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and fostered a fruitful dialogue between science and faith. The academy, which Pope Pius IX established in 1847, tweeted, “We are deeply saddened about the passing ... Read More »

Bishops urge federal protections for supporters of traditional marriage

Posted by Kyle Eller

  The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees March 14 called the First Amendment Defense Act “a modest and important measure” because it protects those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman.” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, recently reintroduced the measure in the Senate. The ... Read More »

James Reinke: Catholic teaching can aid discussion of Polymet mine

Posted by Kyle Eller

By James ReinkeGuest columnist

The Catholic voice has been missing from the public debate on the Polymet mine. Pope Francis made it clear in “Laudato Si,” his encyclical on the environment, that since Vatican II there has been a growing ecology component to the social dimension of the gospel. ... Read More »

Minnesota archbishop: Catholics belong in the public sphere

Posted by Kyle Eller

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it is the duty of the laity to represent the Catholic faith in the public arena, especially pointing to the current debate surrounding immigration.

“Within the Church, it is the laity who are called upon to ‘especially ... Read More »

USCCB chairmen call faithful to prayer and action urging congress to enact the Conscience Protection Act

Posted by Kyle Eller

  Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emails and calls asking for enactment of ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Fighting fake news with the Truth of Christ

Posted by Kyle Eller

Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.

In an increasingly secular society that no longer recognizes ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Broken wrist was good preparation for Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

Just a couple weeks ago, my arm cast was removed after the broken bones in my wrist healed. Back in November, while rebounding for my son, I stumbled and crashed to the ground. My seventeen-year-old, who likely was embarrassed by his mother plopping to the floor, chastised me: “Mom, ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Honoring sabbath rest helps us ‘fill up our tanks’

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Remember to keep holy the sabbath day” (Exodus 20:8). It seems that a commandment telling us to rest would be an easy one to follow. Being told to “take a break,” especially when it is God directing us to do so, would appear to provide a welcomed respite in ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: ‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

Posted by Kyle Eller

I know that you have commented on gossip in the past, but I sometimes struggle with practical ways to determine whether I should share information or not. Do you have any advice?

The fact that you want to honor the truth and honor God with your words is a ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Why does Father wear pink during Lent?

Posted by Kyle Eller

You can buy almost anything on the online auction site Ebay, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Due to pressure from the Catholic Church, Ebay clamped down on the buying and selling of saints’ relics. Unfortunately, there are enough loopholes for people to be ... Read More »