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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is remembered as ‘jurist of historic stature’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18 at age...

Arguing, But Never Quarreling: The Odd Couple of Scalia and Ginsburg

There are no odd couples anymore. In an age of heightened partisanship and unsparing vitriol, it is conventional wisdom that if you are a conservative, you cannot pal around with a liberal. And if you are a liberal, you can have nothing in common with a conservative. Not so Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. From the standpoint of their politics and jurisprudence, you might have thought these two Supreme Court giants were from different planets. Ginsburg would be described as a liberal’s liberal with staunch opinions (literally) on everything from civil liberties to abortion. Scalia was recognized as a towering conservative who championed the separation of powers and a keen deference to the text of the law. Ginsburg believed in the living Constitution while Scalia defended originalism. Though both were native New Yorkers, their judicial philosophies could have spawned a rivalry akin to the fiery mid-century rows between New…

Infidel

NEW YORK (CNS) — Though it claims to be based on true events, the political...

Brian Doyle: ‘great storyteller’ with sense of faith

TORONTO (CNS) — It’s comforting to remember that any credible writer’s fiction does not disappear...

Texas missionary priest named winner of 2020-2021 Lumen Christi Award

CHICAGO (CNS) — Father Ron Foshage, a missionary priest ministering in the Diocese of Beaumont,...

Black sisters urge U.S. Catholics, church leaders to do more to end racism

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The National Black Sisters’ Conference issued a “clarion warning” to U.S. Catholics...

Charlotte Diocese opens college seminary to serve growing Catholic population

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (CNS) — It was a day to thank God for sending more...

Hope is dying in Syria, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With no end of conflict and no path toward economic recovery...

The New Pew Findings, Catholic Teens, and the Idol of Success

The Pew Research Center released a new report entitled “US Teens Take After Their Parents Religiously, Attend Services Together and Enjoy Family Rituals.” But the survey also showed that Catholic US teenagers “mirror their peers on religious trends.” This is not surprising given that American Catholics, while ethnically diverse, tend to share the values and behaviors of most Americans. And given that America is, in a secularized sort of way, a post-Christian society, it is not at all surprising to find US Catholic teens mirroring their peers on religious trends. But before diving into a cultural analysis of what is potentially behind the latest report, let’s look at the findings of the study itself.  I encourage you to take a look at the full survey, but for my purposes I want to only focus on a few parts.

Quebec cardinal proposes a ‘break’ from catechesis for children, adults

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Gerald Lacroix asked parishes in the Archdiocese of Quebec to...