The 2020 archive of Daily News

Faith in the Public Arena: Citizens of the heavenly city

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Jason AdkinsFaith in the Public Arena

“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation” (USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 13).

Early voting has begun in Minnesota. Voting is an important component of representative government. Those chosen for ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: A sure way to keep your parish open

Posted by Kyle Eller

Of all the priests in our diocese there is one in particular who you might call our “living history book.” I have had many occasions to listen to Father Dick Partika talk about everything and anything you wanted to know about the history of the Diocese of Duluth. I ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Enjoying the last moments before the nest is empty

Posted by Kyle Eller

“It goes by really fast.” I could not count how many times older parents shared this advice during my oldest son’s first year. I heeded their warnings and took their message to heart. I always believed the days raising my children would fly by while leaving me with the ... Read More »

What’s a Catholic voter to do?

Posted by Kyle Eller

Q&A with Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, first published in the Central Minnesota Catholic as part of “The Big Question” series.

What does the church say about Catholics’ involvement in political life and voting? Shouldn’t the church stay out of politics? Is there any scriptural ... Read More »

Statement regarding the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy

Posted by Kyle Eller

Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, has issued the following statement:

I have learned that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has accepted the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy. Sadly, that notification was accompanied by an announcement from the Diocese of Rapid City of an ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: What does being pro-life have to do with wearing a mask?

Posted by Kyle Eller

My social media circles, which include people from varied political and religious perspectives, have included a lot of conversation about an unusually obscure topic — how pro-life beliefs correspond (or don’t) to wearing a mask in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

Cards on the table: ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: The abolition of man and woman

Posted by Kyle Eller

By David Crawford, Michael Hanby, and Margaret Harper McCarthyFaith in the Public Arena

The commonplace assumption of American liberalism, that courts merely preside over contests of rights, conceals the limitless power of the judiciary to decide questions of truth without thinking deeply or even honestly about them. Bostock v. ... Read More »

Bishop Muhich ordained for Rapid City Diocese

Posted by Kyle Eller

‘I know he is the right fit for our diocese’

Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy wrote the following for the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, for the ordination of Bishop Peter Muhich, who came from the Diocese of Duluth. Bishop Peter Muhich

The sede is not ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: What can we do when people don’t love us?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I think that my mom loves me, but I don’t know. She clearly loves my sister more than she loves me; they joke around and have a much easier relationship with each other. She seems more annoyed by me, and I just wish she would love me more. It ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Son’s COVID-modified wedding focused on what matters

Posted by Kyle Eller

Nearly two years ago, my family was out to dinner when my oldest son informed us of his plans to marry. We were all delighted, because his girlfriend is a wonderful person. After dating for over five years, a two-year engagement seemed long to some, but I knew that ... Read More »