Spiritual bullying

There have been a lot of important discussions and efforts taken in recent years regarding bullying, and for good reason. It’s a big problem: the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that close to 21 percent of students report being a victim

Say something

Several years ago, as a result of increasing concerns over terrorist attacks at home and abroad, the Department of Homeland Security began running a major public awareness campaign with the main message built around the statement, “If you see something, say something.”

Go beyond Sunday

When I sat down about a year and a half ago to write my book, “Beyond Sunday: Becoming A 24/7 Catholic” (OSV, $14.95), I had no idea how badly we would need to do just that. For years, I wanted to explain

In face of denial

As the “summer of suffering in the Church” continues to unfold, so too does the shocking reality that more Catholics, not just select bishops, are in denial. Some members of the laity want to pretend the crisis is an invention of the

Why should we stay?

Recently during one of my daily radio programs, I invited listeners to call in with their questions and concerns regarding the current scandals facing the Catholic Church. On the air with me that day to offer advice, perspective and Catholic direction was

Reminders from God

It’s been said that the Lord works in mysterious ways. Scripture is clear on this point, with Isaiah reminding us that “my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor or my ways your ways. … For as the heavens are higher than the

Objectifying women

Across our oversexualized culture, we see the continued fallout of the sexual revolution. It’s not exactly breaking news: the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, the breakdown of the family and the vocal pushback against the objectification and sexual abuse of women from

Occasion to educate

After learning of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, the words of Jesuit Father John Hardon came to mind: “Educate, educate, educate.” Father Hardon, named a Servant of God by the Church, was a noted theologian, writer and catechist. He

Supporting women?

First, we had the Women’s March lamenting on Twitter how disappointed they were that the website Backpage.com had been shut down by federal authorities. Despite the fact that Backpage was considered by law enforcement to be a major facilitator for the sex-trafficking

Guilt by association

There is no doubt that the racist tweet launched by actress-comedian Roseanne Barr against former top Obama aide Valerie Jarret deserved swift action by Barr’s superiors at ABC, where she had been raking in huge ratings with the reboot of her hit