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Truth about Roe

By Greg Schleppenbach

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has propelled Roe v. Wade more prominently into public discourse. As the confirmation process for his replacement moves forward, pro-abortion g More

Sacraments should be heard, seen

QUESTION: Are there guidelines for how sacraments are to be celebrated? Recently I attended the christening of a relative and it was like a three-ring circus! There were eight babies to be baptized a

Do you want to do well in school?

Here’s a tip for any students you know who want to do well in school: Keep the fourth commandment. Tell them to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. I used to teach writing at the Protest

How can public policy preserve human dignity?

WASHINGTON — Human dignity: It hasn’t quite become a campaign issue, but it’s coming close. Former Vice President Joe Biden started it. Speaking July 21 in Phoenix to the League of

History of action to prevent child abuse is strong

Thirty years ago, after Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh visited a family whose sons had been sexually abused by three Catholic priests, he resolved to do everything possible to keep such abuse from

Christian concepts are seen in 'Operation Finale'

NEW YORK — World War II movies are their own genre but not many film stories are told from the Jewish perspective. "Operation Finale" (MGM) corrects that lack, giving us a story, begun during t

An explanation of issues in grand jury report

The grand jury report on the Diocese of Pittsburgh contains many appalling, true accounts of sexual abuse that children and adolescents suffered at the hands of priests. But it does not reflect the d

Be open to change

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! We know that the Third Commandment prohibits work on Sundays. I remember a time when no store was open on Sunday, the

Citizenship question on census prompts criticism

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Commerce Department decision that a question about citizenship status be included on the 2020 census has its fair share of critics and has prompted lawsuits. The critics say

A balm of calm in chaos

While I was spending family time on a gorgeous remote island in North Carolina, removed from the fast-paced life and enjoying rest and relaxation, the Pennsylvania grand jury report was released. I f

The battles being waged

The spouse and I were in a neighborhood restaurant outside Detroit. It was a Saturday morning and two women of indeterminate age were bantering back and forth in the booth directly in back of me. I d

Discipleship should be high priority

QUESTION: What is the meaning of the part of St. Luke’s Gospel where Jesus talks about hatred for father and mother? Surely this passage has a meaning deeper than the actual words.   ANSWE

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, AUG. 21 Divine Mercy holy hour, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22 Presentation

Around the diocese

CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled “Theological Foundations

Around the DIocese

GIANT FLEA MARKET The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the location for a giant flea m

Eucharistic Adoration

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Weekly Eucharistic adoration schedule to celebrate and pray before Christ for the implementation of On Mission for The Church Alive! Monday, Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon, St. Thomas,

District attorneys commend diocese

The current and past Allegheny County district attorneys recently stated publicly that Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl have been careful and thorough in their efforts to stop the sexual

Pope: Do good to fight apathy

VATICAN CITY — Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said. Many times, Christians can b

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


Polishfest 2018 will be Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Festival is a...

Around the Diocese



St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

Around the Diocese


The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

Around the Diocese


Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...


Vehicles for prayer

Years ago on retreat we were asked in a prayer service of thanksgiving to place one or several articles which were special to us in front of the altar, as symbols of our giving thanks to God. I...

At border, groups worry about tension, violence

WASHINGTON — In late October, the Trump administration announced plans to send more than 5,000 troops to the southern border ahead of a group of migrants from Central America heading...

Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

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