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Carol DeChant
Carol DeChant is the editor of Great American Catholic Eulogies, just released by ACTA Press. She is the author of Momma’s Enchanted Supper & Other Stories for the Long Evenings of Advent, and has contributed to two essay collections: Christmas Presence: Twelve Gifts That Were More Than They Seemed and Diamond Presence: Twelve Stories of Finding God at the Old Ball Park. Her articles have appeared in the Miami and Chicago metropolitan dailies. She splits her time between Ocean Ridge, Florida, and Chicago. Visit her website, Great American Catholic Eulogies.

Entries by Carol DeChant

History Can Be Guide to the Craziness in Gun Debate

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 8:37 PM

The Newtown massacre is yielding debate that is painful to watch: especially the pro-gun lobby's reassurance that 74 percent of National Rifle Association members now agree on background checks for purchasers of weapons. "We're being reasonable," they're saying, "while reminding you that guns don't kill people, it's crazy...

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Why President Obama Doesn't Watch His Pension

(19) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 11:07 AM

Mitt Romney asked three times in the second debate: "Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?" before the president admitted he had not done so. What President Obama didn't say is why he doesn't monitor his pension, so I'll tell you. It's too boring.

Monitoring the Obama family's...

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The Speech That Would Nail Obama's Victory

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM

In recognition that both parties are spending --with the help of PACs--an estimated $10 billion from now until election day, primarily on TV ads to sway voters, here's the speech that could guarantee a victory for President Obama.

"My fellow Americans. Many of you dread the mostly negative ads that...

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Are Catholics in the Pews Like Pew's 'Catholic Voters'?

(27) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 1:56 PM

Everyone agrees that the "Catholic vote" is important: it was 24 percent of votes cast in recent presidential elections and presumably determined the winners of key states. Candidates court it and pundits analyze it. But no one seems to know what (or who) it actually is.

Or even if...

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Dear Cardinal Dolan: Is the Pope Catholic?

(37) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 4:46 PM

Dear Cardinal Dolan,

Because "60 Minutes" names you Our Man in Rome (as the most likely to become the first American Pope), I'm writing to ask about the Vatican's investigation of American nuns -- presumably for not being "Catholic enough." Can you find out: What is the Pope thinking?...

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How to Write a Eulogy: A Final Gift To A Loved One

(28) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 10:27 PM

After polls determined that our number one fear is public speaking -- topping even death -- writer Peggy Noonan observed the implications: at a funeral, most of us would prefer lying in the coffin to standing at the lectern. Will you be ready when your time comes (to deliver a...

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