Columnists
Updated: June 20th, 2015
Recovering the sacred
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Saturday, 20 June 2015
According to a survey by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., the number of Americans claiming to practice no formal religion went from 8 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2009. Our guess is that the number may be even higher today. Outranked in numbers only by Catholics and Baptists, the group c...
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Both chemotherapy and radiation can affect sexual organs and how they work. The American Cancer Society addresses the potential effects on male fertility this way: “Chemo may lower the number of sperm cells, reduce their ability to move, or cause o...
TONY ROSSI, The Christophers
Thursday, 04 June 2015
A few months ago, I shared a story about a subway ride to work during which the conductor asked everyone to smile and be more friendly to the strangers we encounter every day. Well, today I’ve got another subway story, this one having to do with ev...
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Thursday, 04 June 2015
More than 20 years ago, Dr. David Eddy, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, described how his mother, though not suffering from a terminal illness, chose to end her life through VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking)....
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Thursday, 04 June 2015
Graffiti isn’t hard to find. We see it on the boxcars that roll through our countryside. Names and slogans are often plastered on highway overpasses and scrawled on the sides of city buildings. It also feels as though the beliefs we hold in deepes...
TONY ROSSI, The Christophers
Friday, 03 April 2015
On June 20, 2011, USC filmmaking student Brian Ivie was eating breakfast and reading the Los Angeles Times when he came across an article titled “South Korean Pastor Tends an Unwanted Flock.” It s...
ROSE ROCCISANO BARTO, Special to the Chronicle
Friday, 03 April 2015
I have finally learned that death is not the end. It is the beginning. Of course that is something our faith tells us. Is it something we truly believe, however, or something we mumble among other pr...
DEACON JIM & ANN CAVERA
Friday, 03 April 2015
Lately we’ve noticed thoughts about how old we are pop up more and more often. We were watching “Antiques Road Show” one night when we realized we are now older than some of the antiques people ...
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 03 April 2015
In 1978, Charles E. Rice, a former professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, made this prediction in his book “Beyond Abortion: The Theory and Practice:” “The abortion of the future will be by...
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Saturday, 07 March 2015
Bariatric surgery, which often involves banding of the stomach, is a widely used procedure for treating severe obesity. Another approach that relies on an implantable “stomach pacemaker” also appe...