The Northern Cross

Father Mike Schmitz: Consequences of some parenting styles invite questions

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: You said that you had practical advice for parents. What kind of advice?

Answer: Parenting lessons from a priest! What next? Poetry lessons from a computer programmer?

I’m not a father of small children. But I get to work with a lot of parents and their children, and ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: With St. James, tradition bumps into political correctness

Posted by Kyle Eller

As significant the Twelve Apostles are to the Christian faith, we know so little about them. Even the book in the Bible known as the Acts of the Apostles is a misnomer, because it’s really only about one of the original Twelve (Peter) and the late-comer Paul.

What we ... Read More »

Cynthia Zook: Catholic schools join in diocesan anniversary

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Cynthia ZookGuest columnist

What is the best way to help children understand how long the Diocese of Duluth has been in existence? Put it in terms they can understand.

While adults just know that a 125th anniversary is a big deal, children have a harder time visualizing. That ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Like a Fitbit, the church is a tool we can grow with

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year’s Christmas gift from my husband was a Fitbit, a device that helps people keep track of the steps they take and other health information.

My husband knows I enjoy walking, so this new technology, which is at a level I can understand, was a much-appreciated gift. I ... Read More »

Life briefs

Posted by Kyle Eller

Senate rejects abortion facility licensing

Recently, legislation to require licensing and inspections of abortion facilities, an effort which would ensure the safety of women, and was strongly supported by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, failed to become law. The initiative would have require facilities that perform 10 or more ... Read More »

Father Robert Barron: Love, tolerance, and the making of distinctions

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Father Robert BarronWord on Fire

Last week, I wrote a piece on Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner. I argued that the manner in which Jenner spoke of his transition reflected a Gnostic anthropology, which is repugnant to a biblical view of the human being.

I didn’t say ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Laudato Si’ reminds: Save the awe, joy that gives glory to God

Posted by Kyle Eller

Ever since I was a child I can remember the feeling I get looking at a wooded hill or stream or lake. Even riding along in the backseat of a car along a familiar road, I would sometimes stare out the window looking at a wooded area, thinking of ... Read More »

Editorial: Counter Supreme Court’s ‘tragic error’ with love and patience

Posted by Kyle Eller

The U.S. Supreme Court has made its ruling and declared a right to same-sex “marriage” in all 50 states, much as it invented a right to abortion in 1973.

This is, as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops put it, a “tragic error.” No doubt many ... Read More »

Friebohle, Strommer ordained transitional deacons

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

Deacons Charles Russell Friebohle and Paul Anthony Strommer were ordained transitional deacons, a step toward ordination to the priesthood, June 5 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

“I’ve had the privilege of being bishop long enough to have accompanied you on ... Read More »

Local news in brief

Posted by Kyle Eller

Clergy assignment

Bishop Paul D. Sirba has made the following clergy appointment, effective July 15: Father Steven Laflamme, from study of License in Canon Law at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., to pastor of Holy Spirit, Two Harbors, and St. Mary, Silver Bay, and chancellor and judicial vicar. ... Read More »