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The ripeness time


Sitting on the back porch last weekend on two occasions I was visited briefly by hummingbirds. They both abruptly flew up and hovered about a foot in front of my face then dashed off southward. I noticed too several monarch butterflies fluttering slowly in a southerly direction that same afternoon.

Chicago pastors balk at monsignor titles


A grand experiment in independent Catholic journalism is unfolding in Chicago at The site provides local coverage of interest to Chicago-area Catholics, without the funding or permission of the Chicago archdiocese.

It was founded by Robert Herguth, a former reporter and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.

The site has published several good news stories. It's latest deals with "increasing unrest in Chicago-area parishes -- from those in pews and pulpits."


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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS