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Father Robert Barron: Does religion really have a 'smart-people problem'?

Posted by Kyle Eller

Daniel Dennett, one of the "four horsemen" of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves "the brights," thereby distinguishing themselves rather clearly from the dim, benighted masses who hold on to supernaturalist convictions.

In the wake of Dennett's suggestion, many ... Read More »

Jessica Zittlow: It's time to move forward on basic right of education

Posted by Kyle Eller

Education reform is shaping up as a signature topic of the 2015-16 session, as both Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have begun to suggest ways to improve educational quality and close the achievement gap.

Like other political debates, the issue of education reform gets tangled in politics and ... Read More »

Annual Together for Life Banquet yields amazing adoption stories, an award and big news

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

The fourth annual Together for Life Banquet, hosted by Guiding Star Duluth, brought in a national speaker, gave Hibbing's Gail Checco of Blessed Sacrament its annual pro-life award and, for good measure, dropped news on a major new pro-life initiative in the region.

The ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Posted by Kyle Eller

Firefighter: I need my faith like I need air

As a firefighter, I read with interest "Who Told You You Were Naked?", by Kelvin Cochran, who happened to be fire chief in Atlanta. It describes the Christian ethos of being clothed in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

It is ... Read More »

Editorial: Lacking media attention, some news should spark our prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

The attack on Paris journalists has rightly drawn our outrage and our solidarity with the victims. As the popes have said so well, there is no justification for murdering people in the name of God.

At the same time, some have wondered why another attack, one which occurred around ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: On freedom of speech, its limits and its obligations

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis once encouraged young people at World Youth Day to go out and make a holy mess, and one gets the clear impression he likes to do this himself, too -- especially when he gets onto an airplane with journalists.

His recent trip to Asia created at least ... Read More »

Calendar of Events - February 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Calendar of Events

Mass on TV

The Diocese of Duluth sponsors a televised Mass at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on WDIO-Duluth and WIRT-Hibbing. Donations are welcome and can be sent to TV ... Read More »

Local News in Brief - February 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Local News in Brief

Local musician Danielle Rose releases new video

On Jan. 15, Duluth-based Catholic musician Danielle Rose released a new music video for the song “Little Flower,” from her album “Culture of Life.” Rose said the video “radiates God’s love for people often considered ... Read More »

Obituary - February 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross Obiturary

Veteran teacher and principal Sister Madeleva Shur, OSB, 94

Benedictine Sister Madeleva Schur died Jan. 15 in the Benedictine Health Center. She was 94.

Born in Mountain Iron on May 30, 1920, she was the daughter of Rowland and Emma (Gagnon) Schur. Sister Madeleva was ... Read More »

Catholic Educators Have a Host of Ways to Bring Faith into School Life - February 2015

Posted by Grace Romanek

The Northern Cross

Catholic educators have a host of ways to bring faith into school life

By Jean Virant

Teachers affect the lives of their students into the future. For a teacher in a Catholic school setting, this statement has a deeper and more profound meaning.

The immeasurable value ... Read More »