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Divorced from religious life?

August 10, 2017 Dr. Randall B. Smith 16

I’ve seen it too often. A young Catholic man or woman leaves the seminary or novitiate and then leaves the Church altogether. Why does this happen? The priesthood and religious life are noble vocations, but […]

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Facebook: Facts or fury?

February 12, 2017 Dr. Randall B. Smith 0

A recent New Yorker cartoon has a drawing of the office of an unidentified network provider which might as well have been Facebook bearing the caption:  “We’re close to being reliant solely on renewable sources of outrage.” […]


The Difficult Way of Mercy

April 19, 2016 Dr. Randall B. Smith 0

Allow me to suggest the case of an apostolic exhortation never written that may never be written. Let’s say it deals with the pastoral concerns that arise due to the increasing presence in our society […]