Author Archives: Tony Spence

Religion has big impact on how America gives

If you ever wondered whether religion makes a big impact on American generosity, wonder no more. It does. According to a new study released in the Aug. 23 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “regions of the country that are … Continue reading

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Growth is good among Catholic colleges

Seven Catholic colleges and universities were among the nation’s largest schools, and five are among the fastest growing, according the the 2012-2013 Almanac published Aug. 31 by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The annual Almanac uses reports on diverse academic … Continue reading

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The Latter-day Saints and their Scriptures

A lot is being written about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints these days since Gov. Mitt Romney has (almost) nailed the Republican nomination for president. There probably never has been more attention given to the LDS Church … Continue reading

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Catholic colleges going greener every year

College campuses are trying harder all the time to go green and stay there. Sustainable practices help keep universities control waste and cost and teach students the importance of lifelong care of their environment. Every year, the Sierra Club, one … Continue reading

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Six Catholic universities make Forbes top 100 list

Forbes magazine has issued its annual U.S. college and university rankings. Six Catholic schools made it into the top 100 out of the 650 schools listed this year. The colleges listed in the top 100 are University of Notre Dame,  … Continue reading

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A historic Catholic-Jewish debate resonates today

There is an old French saying, “The more things change, the more things stay the same.” This might be said for the tough divisions that the Catholic community is feeling these days with other Christians, with non-Christians, and even among … Continue reading

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Holy Week and hatred of the Jews redux

Even after years of fruitful work on Christian-Jewish relationships, good biblical scholarship and the landmark Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate”, the nagging old canard that the Jews killed Jesus won’t quite go away. And there is no other time … Continue reading

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