The 2018 archive of Daily News

Father Michael Schmitz: How do we live well in a world of constant change?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I have a somewhat strange question for you. I’m someone who has a very hard time dealing with change. I like to make sure that the things I have and the relationships I’m in with friends and family are long-lasting, even permanent. It saddens me greatly to think that ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Does God ‘make’ people gay?

Posted by Kyle Eller

It was recently reported that Pope Francis told a man who identifies as “gay,” that God made him “gay.” According to Juan Carlos Cruz, an abuse victim of a Chilean priest, Pope Francis told him, “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: If you’re prideful, don’t mess with Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

There are a lot of things I am OK at, fewer things that I am good at, and very few things I am great at. But there is one thing that I am super great at: foosball. You know that table soccer game that is often found in rec-rooms ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Admitting when we’re wrong is powerful. Humanae Vitae’s dissenters should do so

Posted by Kyle Eller

Admittedly, I don’t like to be wrong; ask my husband. A while back my son and I had a long disagreement about when I authorized permission for his older brother to leave campus during lunch. I was extremely confident that it was late in his senior year. My younger ... Read More »

Father Anthony Craig: How to live the truth of Humanae Vitae

Posted by Kyle Eller

To say that the Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae was controversial would be a gross understatement. Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote Humanae Vitae (“of human life”) on July 25, 1968. It was addressed to “all men of good will” and was subtitled “on the regulation of birth.” The encyclical did ... Read More »

Sarah Spangenberg: Gaudete et Exultate teaches us to make civic life a labor of love

Posted by Kyle Eller

Holiness in politics? Is that an oxymoron? Not for Catholics. In Pope Francis’ recent exhortation Gaudete et Exultate, he reminds us that the two are indeed connected. Either-or? Unfortunately, Catholics in politics and social ministry sometimes tend to fall into one of two errors. Sarah SpangenbergFaith in the Public ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: How to handle ‘sagging or fainting faith’

Posted by Kyle Eller

A book that often comes to mind these days is “Lord of the World,” by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, an English convert to the faith. Written in 1907, it depicts a vision of the end of the world — one of the oldest novels of the genre, yet prophetic ... Read More »

Editorial: Political divisions should call out the best — not the beast — in us

Posted by Kyle Eller

Our region was in the national spotlight again in June as national politics took center stage at the Duluth Port Authority and then Amsoil Arena in the form of a roundtable discussion and then rally with President Donald Trump. The events in Duluth went off relatively well — emphasis ... Read More »

1.5-mile Corpus Christi procession draws 400 in Brainerd

Posted by Kyle Eller

For the feast of Corpus Christi June 3, nearly 400 members of Brainerd’s Catholic parishes took Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament “right through the heart” of the city in a Eucharistic Procession from St. Francis Church to St. Andrew’s Church. “As we walked, we prayed the decades of the ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Humanae Vitae’s anniversary something to celebrate, embrace

Posted by Kyle Eller

This July 25 will mark the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae. Though 50 years have gone by, the encyclical remains prophetic. I pray you find time to read it. Humanae Vitae has proven again and again to be remarkably prescient. It is also incredibly positive. Bishop ... Read More »