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War Talk

It is one of the great ironies of this fraught moment in our history that while our president is making threats of total war against North Korea, whose leader is making threats of total war against us, Ken Burns’ masterful documentary “The Vietnam War” is being aired. It is unfortunate that we...

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The Center Is Not Holding

The recent shocking images of young neo-Nazis and so-called white nationalists marching in the streets of Charlottesville has provoked horror and soul-searching. As a nation we seem to be at a point of crisis and division as bad as any time since the 1960s. It isn’t just a handful of thugs...

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Only Connect

Way back in ancient history, before Match.com and Tinder, there was, at least in one part of Los Angeles, something we called “hotline.” The rumor was that the hotline was, in fact, a series of test numbers used by the phone company. The prefixes varied, but the final four numbers were always...

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A Life To Be Cherished

I hadn’t been to Holy Cross Cemetery since I visited my younger brother’s grave many years ago. Hidden from the view of the 405 Freeway, it was here that we brought the body of my father-in-law, his final trip to Culver City, the town that first welcomed him so many decades before. When we...

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Will Our Children Remain Catholic?

I grew up in a big Catholic family. Big by today’s standards, anyway. I remember wishing my parents had had a few more kids so we could match those families that muster on their own two teams for a full court basketball game. When I meet someone who grew up in a large family, I invariably ask...

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Populism In The Age Of Francis

While the world burns with a populist rage, where would the Church have been if Francis had not been elected pope in 2013? It was a question asked of me by an astute Italian observer of both the Church and politics. His question was set against the backdrop of yet another political crisis in...


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