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It is clear the Catholic hierarchy has let down the church

It is clear the Catholic hierarchy has let down the church
BY MICHAEL P. RICCARDS
COMMENTARY

When he took over the papacy, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger took the name Benedict — probably after the great World War I peace pope, Benedict XV, and also St. Benedict of Nursia, the famed monk who help Christianize much of Western Europe through his monastic traditions of praying and working. Ratzinger, like his predecessor John Paul II, has a fixation about Europe becoming de-Christianized ("secularized" is the word they insist on), and looking at the declines of Church attendance, Church vocations, and even Catholic impact on public policy, they are probably right. The future of the Catholic Church is clearly in the Third World, despite the influence of the older European hierarchy.

 

Steve Adubato: What do we have to lose by Christie taking over Atlantic City?

Steve Adubato: What do we have to lose by Christie taking over Atlantic City?
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

It's easy to criticize a bold and decisive plan to change the status quo, even when the status quo isn't getting the job done. But, the alternative — staying the course — is...

Christie’s making medical marijuana unworkable for New Jersey’s patients

Christie’s making medical marijuana unworkable for New Jersey’s patients
BY PAUL ARMENTANO
COMMENTARY

The Christie administration is contemplating making the nation's most restrictive medical marijuana law even more restrictive. Lawmakers do so at the expense of patients' we...

Christie’s budget puts Band-Aids on New Jersey’s core challenges

Christie’s budget puts Band-Aids on New Jersey’s core challenges
BY GARY S. SCHAER
COMMENTARY

When both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed the $29.4 billion state budget June 28 — which Governor Christie signed the next day — I was not one of those voting in...

There are signs N.J. is starting to value state’s colleges

There are signs N.J. is starting to value state’s colleges
BY DARRYL G. GREER
COMMENTARY

Expanding the state's competitiveness by providing more college opportunity in the Garden State has not been a high priority for New Jersey. This has been the case for man...

N.J. requiring fire sprinklers will save lives

N.J. requiring fire sprinklers will save lives
BY JOHN S. WISNIEWSKI
COMMENTARY

We've heard the stories all too often — horrible fires that leaves fatalities in their wake, ripping apart families and ending lives too soon.

These are tragic events, ma...

Washington understands it takes a village to raise a child

Washington understands it takes a village to raise a child
BY HILDA L. SOLIS
COMMENTARY

A colleague of mine in the Obama administration sparked a political controversy about 15 years ago when she wrote about the impact a village can have in raising a child. Whi...

Merging with Cherry Hill could save Merchantville

Merging with Cherry Hill could save Merchantville
BY GINA GENOVESE
COMMENTARY

In Merchantville, Camden County, a group of concerned residents are moving their community toward long-term sustainability by proposing that their town seriously look at conn...

Leasing N.J. parks to private companies would be a violation of the public trust

Leasing N.J. parks to private companies would be a violation of the public trust
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie is again advocating for increased privatization in the state government. The governor recently released a report that called for leasing out management of a...

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