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Vatican issues decree for restricted Holy Week liturgies

By Cindy Wooden , Published: April 3, 2020   

VATICAN CITY — While conferences and meetings can be postponed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter cannot, with the exception of the chrism Mass, said the Congregation for Divine Worship and the... More 

Questions and answers about COVID-19 with Bishop Taylor

Published: April 2, 2020   

Arkansas Catholic asked Bishop Anthony B. Taylor some common questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our Church in Arkansas.   • As state and federal leaders stress the importance of “social distancing” and small... More 

No joke -- Arkansas Catholic subscribers are more informed

Published: April 1, 2020   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's March 28 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and free digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe... More 

Catholic women find their faith in alcohol recovery

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 31, 2020   

Kelly Marschewski Lasseigne came home late one night, dancing around her home, setting off the burglar alarm. She had at least three to four beers with friends, a couple of martinis, possibly a shot or two. The memory of that night is fuzzy. She doesn’t... More 

Subiaco students move out early to study from home

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 30, 2020   

On March 16, the 142 students at Subiaco Academy heard the bell ring one last time as classes switched to online instruction for the remainder of the school year given the threat of COVID-19. The next day, most students at the Benedictine boys’... More 

Where victims of addiction can turn for help

Published: March 27, 2020   

There are several resources for addictions available to Arkansans.   Alcohol and drugs • Catholic Charities of Arkansas list of local drug and alcohol treatment centers; •... More 

Science or myth? The truth about addiction

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 27, 2020   

For someone who does not suffer from an addiction, understanding why a person cannot simply quit harming themselves on their own can be confusing and infuriating. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health through the federal agency... More 

Bringing light to destruction of pornography addiction

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 27, 2020   

At 9 years old, Mark Ives first saw pornography at his uncle’s gas station, a book an employee brought. He fits in with today’s demographic — children on average are exposed to porn around the age of 7. For the next 44 years, he dealt... More 

You say you can’t put that smartphone down?

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 27, 2020   

With every text alert, social media scroll and video binge on YouTube, the brain is changing. According to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey, 81 percent of Americans go online daily, with 28 percent going online constantly and 45 percent several times... More 

Priests and religious not immune to the risk of addiction

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 27, 2020   

One priest said his rock bottom moment came after eating pot — not baked, but straight marijuana. Before he was a Benedictine, this monk passed out drunk after turning on his stove, causing the fire department to knock down his door. Another... More