Don Clemmer is a writer, communications professional and former staffer of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He writes from Indiana and edits Cross Roads magazine for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington. Follow him on Twitter: @clemmer_don.

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Chicago guidelines raise role, or lack thereof, of eulogies in Catholic funerals

The Chicago document doesn't exactly break new ground in its recommendations, but it does put heavy stipulations on how a eulogy can be given. This rule draws a firm line through a sensitive pastoral context, in which grieving families are processing their loss and navigating how to say goodbye. 

Mission of kindness: TV's 'Mr. McFeely' recalls the witness of Mr. Rogers

David Newell, who got his start with Fred Rogers in the late '60s, just as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was beginning, spoke with NCR about the personal faith and sense of mission that animated Rogers' work and how that revealed itself in his daily life with "kindnesses," big and small.

Evangelizing young 'nones' is Bishop Robert Barron's brand

Barron's Word on Fire gave him experience to bring to chairing the U.S. bishops' evangelization committee — though some say the Los Angeles auxiliary bishop's approach is more about apologetics.

Katrina Jackson offers glimpse of 'whole-life' politics in Louisiana

The pro-life Democrat spoke at Loyola University New Orleans for the sixth annual conference organized by Rehumanize International, an organization dedicated to promoting a consistent life ethic.