Undocumented? Illegal? Don’t overlook dignity

When it comes to immigration reform, the best approach may have nothing to do with names and labels May 9, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski When it comes to immigration, word choice is among the debated issues. A caller to the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Catholic Spirit, complained recently…

Is a Catholic school the right choice for your children?

Our primary responsibility as Catholic parents isn’t to be value shoppers; it’s to help our kids get to heaven April 11, 2014, edition By Doug Scott We are blessed to live in an area with quality schools. In some parts of the country parents choose a private education for their children just to save them…

‘Wombs for rent’ industry now legal in Minnesota?

April 11, 2014, edition Without any significant consideration, the Minnesota Legislature is poised to create a commercial surrogacy business that would essentially legitimize the buying and selling of children between two contracting parties. This past week, the Commercial Surrogacy Bill (SF 2627/HF 291) passed almost unnoticed through the one Senate committee to which it was…

Can we have a bit of balance in the story of the cosmos?

The relationship of science and religion has come a long way over the centuries, but you wouldn’t know it from watching a new television series March 28, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski More than 30 years after Carl Sagan brought the beauty and wonder of outer space to millions of TV watchers, a new version of…

Money, money, money, money

Are we so obsessed about having it–and about who does or doesn’t–that we dissent from church doctrine? February 28, 2014, edition By Kyle Eller “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew…

How do we fight the ‘drift’ in our lives?

A quick gut-check is a good way to assess how well we are anchored in our Catholic faith February 14, 2014, edition By Doug Scott Researchers have noted that Catholics in the U.S. are leaving the church at an alarming rate. Approximately half of those who leave join a different Christian church. And most of…

Is the church in the United States in decline?

Optimists and pessimists can draw different conclusions on the direction the church in America is heading Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Doug Scott Few would argue that these are turbulent times for the church in our country. Liberal pundits and special interest groups increasingly portray the church as old-fashioned in its views on female ordination…

It’s time to start looking into the faces of the poor

Too often I avoid even looking at those who are less fortunate than me. You too? December 20, 2013, edition By Joe Towalski Just about every day on my way to work, I encounter the face of the poor. It’s usually a different face each time at the top of the interstate exit ramp or…

Singing neglected parts of Mass can enrich our prayer

Adding Scripture-based chant to the liturgy isn’t an attempt to ‘turn back the clock,’ but rather an effort to enjoy the richness of a valuable form of art Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Kyle Eller In November, the Scottish Catholic composer James MacMillan an- nounced that he intends to stop writ- ing congregational music for…