Dairy farming faces hard time

America’s Dairyland. Wisconsin has held this title since the early 1900s, but in recent years, dairy farming has hit a wall. Production costs, overproduction and lower prices … Read More

This Lent, let’s bag plastic use

During Lent, we often give up something as a type of fasting — physical or spiritual. The idea is to purge ourselves of something that might stand … Read More

‘Missionaries of Hope’

In his 2013 apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis discusses the church’s missionary focus and introduces us to a simple strategy of evangelizing. He … Read More

Catholic Press Month

February is Catholic Press Month in the United States. According to the Catholic Press Association, there are currently 125 Catholic newspapers in the United States and Canada, … Read More

High Court blows call

A serious challenge to the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion took place last week — and it happened at no place other than the U.S. Supreme … Read More

Good news for Catholic schools

Despite snow and bitter cold temperatures that cancelled Catholic Schools Week activities for three days last week, news of increased enrollment offered a sunny and warm outlook … Read More

New York law: The Death Star

The Death Star has been launched. Despite furious opposition by New York’s Catholic bishops and other pro-life groups, that state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law the … Read More

A lesson in media literacy

Like countless other people viewing social media last Saturday, I was caught up in a controversy that took place the previous day in Washington, D.C., following the … Read More

Two sides to one door

Our year starts in January, a month named for Janus, the Roman god of doorways. Janus had two faces, one looked right and one looked left. He … Read More

Abandon litmus test

Can a member of the Knights of Columbus be denied appointment to a federal judgeship because of his affiliation with the Catholic men’s fraternal society? That question … Read More