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Speaker Paul Ryan will headline 2018 March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will address the upcoming March for Life, organizers announced on Jan. 10. This is the first time Ryan has spoken at the March for Life in person since he was elected speaker in 2015.

Two score and two years ago

About two months ago your scribe received a note attached to his regular weekly column from Clark Booth. The note explained that Clark felt that age was creeping up on him and he felt that he could no longer write a weekly column.

Evangelizing parishes -- always in season

The Christmas season is over and now we return to ordinary time until the beginning of Lent. Ordinary time has a way of making us think that we now get back to business, to the usual day to day tasks. The tasks before the parishes that are in collaboratives is to keep the eyes of parishioners on the task of evangelization, of helping people come to know Jesus Christ and to recognize his presence in their lives. Becoming an evangelizing parish cannot be limited to one liturgical season over another. It is something that the collaboratives work at each and every day.

Moral authorities

There is an unavoidable circularity in ethics. We decide whether a teaching is correct, based on the life of the person who teaches it, but we also decide whether a manner of life is praiseworthy, based upon teachings that we already accept.

Hearing the call

In the call of Samuel and the first Apostles, today's Readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ.

To be or not to be -- parsing the implications of suicide

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice. A few years ago on "Nightline," Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: "We're talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that's their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don't want that. Others want out!"

The lesson of Christ's Baptism

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and it is with this awe-filled liturgy that the three great revelations or "theophanies" of the Christmas season are brought to stunning fulfillment.

National Migration Week: A reminder of our duty to welcome the stranger

This is a Jan. 3 column titled "National Migration Week: A reminder of our duty to welcome the stranger" by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone from the Catholic San Francisco, archdiocesan newspaper. -- Ed.

Mideast leaders increase efforts to fight U.S. decision on Jerusalem

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- Church and political leaders in the Middle East are intensifying efforts to combat U.S. President Donald Trump's unilateral decision declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital and plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

German bishop urges church debate on blessing same-sex unions

OSNABRUCK, Germany (CNS) -- The vice president of the German bishops' conference has urged a debate on whether Catholic clergy should bless same-sex unions.