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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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The Church Of Bruce

“Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact. Maybe everything that dies, someday comes back.”                                       “Atlantic City” song lyrics Do you remember the 1976 book “What Really Happened to the Class of 65”? It was a best-selling look at the students of Palisades High...

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Where Do Catholics Fit In Our Mosaic?

Once every two years at an Olympics venue we are treated to the spectacle of the Parade of Nations. In Los Angeles, that happens every day. I experienced it recently when going to the Santa Monica pier for its Thursday night free concert. I have no idea how many thousands of people came to see...

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A Catholic Stand

I know a Midwesterner who, in the disquieting trough of his middle years, decided to renounce his Catholic faith and proclaim himself an atheist. Because he found the Midwest uncongenial to his new creed, he announced to his family that he wanted to move to California, where he expected to find...

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