The NBA and Pope Francis

It may have seemed odd to bystanders: A delegation of professional basketball players from the United States meeting privately Nov. 23 with Pope Francis at the papal … Read More

Church teachings oppose executions

Human rights and human dignity are at the heart of our Christian faith. Sometimes these concepts, echoed throughout the Gospels and church teachings, become muddied by other … Read More

Desecrating our statues

One of the disappointing outcomes of last summer’s national reckoning of racial injustices has been the destruction of statues of religious figures. Following the deaths of George … Read More

Angel wings overhead

Each November, the month of All Souls, the church asks us to pray for those who have gone before. As we continue to process the results of … Read More

Remembering our caregivers

Bill Dodds, a retired Catholic newspaper editor and columnist, once wrote about what he called the “Beatitudes for Caregivers.” Dodds and his wife, Monica, had offered a … Read More

Post-election pledges

After months of anticipation (some may say trepidation), the 2020 presidential election will finally take place next Tuesday. This year’s Election Day, however, seems much different than … Read More

Let’s lick domestic abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is observed at the same time as Respect Life Month, which is fitting, since domestic abuse is a scourge that … Read More

A model for young people

Last Saturday, Pope Francis declared Carlo Acutis “blessed,” the last step before canonization as a saint. The beatification Mass took place in Assisi, Italy, and celebrated by … Read More

Pray for all fire victims

Oct. 8, was the anniversary of a fire. We have heard of devastating fires in the western United States this year — with nearly four million acres … Read More

One way to respect life

A recent email criticized editors of The Compass for failure to take the COVID-19 virus seriously. The writer stated that the newspaper should do more to encourage … Read More