Catholic News & Perspective

November 2021

Nov 29

The elephant in the room of the bishops’ assembly

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion A very large elephant was standing in the middle of the room when the American Catholic bishops met in Baltimore in mid-November and when they discussed, and then adopted, their statement on the Eucharist. The elephant was the phenomenon occurring in religion generally in the United States, and for that matter...
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Nov 26

Opening the Word: Advent reminds us we are pilgrims

By: Catherine Cavadini “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah” (Jer 33:14). This Sunday begins the beautiful liturgical season of Advent, a season that reminds us that we are pilgrims, journeying toward the fullness of the Lord’s promise of love, first made...
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Nov 24

Indianapolis to host national Eucharistic Congress in 2024

By:  Michael R. Heinlein The U.S. bishops have voted to host the National Eucharistic Congress, slated for July 2024, in Indianapolis. To learn more about the event and its location, Our Sunday Visitor has spoken with David Spesia, the executive director for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and...
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Nov 22

Bishops approve plans for three-year National Eucharistic Revival

By: Carol Zimmermann BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ focus on the significance of the Eucharist in the life of the Church isn’t just about on the statement they approved at their fall meeting. It also is about something bigger: a three-year Eucharistic revival that will culminate with the National Eucharistic Congress 2024...
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Nov 19

Opening the Word: Jesus, the king

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Dear readers, this is my last “Opening the Word” column for Our Sunday Visitor. I’m so grateful to have read holy Scripture with you over the last six years. It is fitting that this final column appears on the solemnity of Christ the King. Over the last several weeks, I have attended to themes that have...
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Nov 17

Let’s not make gratitude a (forgotten?) trend

By: Gretchen R. Crowe Do you remember a time, in the not too distant past, when social media during November was almost synonymous with public statements of gratitude? For a few years there, so many of my friends and family spent each day of the month logging the things for which they were grateful that the posts seemed to dominate my feeds....
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Nov 15

St. Joseph: A model for discerning the will of God

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion The Year of St. Joseph soon will end. Catholics have heard about the Lord’s foster father all their lives. He has been revered for centuries. Look at geography: San Jose, California; St. Joseph, Missouri; St. Joseph Counties in Indiana and Michigan; and the St. Joseph River in the Midwest all bear his name,...
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Nov 12

Opening the Word: A serious end

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Our Lord reminds us in today’s Gospel that we do not know the day or the hour when the Son of Man will return in glory.We do know the day and hour that my time as the Opening the Word columnist will come to an end. With two weeks left, I want to highlight themes that have run throughout my five years of writing....
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Nov 10

Let’s reexamine what ordinary should look like

By: Scott Warden At the beginning of the year, I made a New Year’s resolution to pray the Rosary every day. Most nights, I’d settle into bed and pray quietly with my wife. Or I’d pray aloud scrunched into the bed of a 4-year-old who has a severe inability to go to sleep by herself. She’d pray along with me until she...
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Nov 8

The relationship between popes and presidents has a long, important history

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion President Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis, notwithstanding the awkwardness created by the president’s approval of legalized abortion, represented a development in the official outlook of the American government regarding the papacy.  For decades, the United States stood distantly from the...
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Nov 5

Opening the Word: Giving all

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Over the last five years, I have served as the columnist for Opening the Word. My time in this role is coming to an end (but not my time in Our Sunday Visitor).  The Scriptural texts over the next three weeks give me an apt way to say goodbye to the faithful readers of the column.  Over the years, I have...
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Nov 3

When it comes to abortion, it’s simple: Lives must be saved

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Walking down the street one bright, sunny August day, I ran into a friend, a lawyer. We decided to have lunch. He said that he had to be in court that afternoon for a case about an automobile accident. In the accident, a pregnant woman was injured. She lost the child. Physicians believed it was because of injuries she...
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Nov 1

Two reasons why All Souls’ Day is the opportune time to think about purgatory

By: Russell Shaw Coming just after hell and just before heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is the purgatorio — purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the mouth of the angelic guardian of purgatory’s gate who, displaying his keys, tells his...
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