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Form and chaosJohn Garvey

I am not the first to notice that ideas and styles spread across the fine arts, regardless of medium or genre. In the middle of the 19th century, orchestras grew to 100 or more musicians, and symphonies ...

The Johnson Amendment John Garvey

At the National Prayer Breakfast this month, President Donald Trump promised to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment "and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." ...

Apostolate to the Fourth WorldJohn Garvey

When the U.S. Catholic bishops do their laudable work in looking out for the needs and rights of migrants and refugees, they are looking out for a large and vulnerable share of their flock. For all ...

Remembering holy ground John Garvey

We Roman Catholics are accustomed to thinking that the early church moved its headquarters from Jerusalem to Rome like a frog hopping from one lily pad to another. In fact, it moved on the ground, along ...

The election and the faithfulJohn Garvey

The media, and we who listen to them, were surprised at the election results. I have a feeling it's not the last surprise we are in for. The campaign was more about character flaws than about policy, ...

The trolley problem and the presidential election John Garvey

There is a thought experiment in moral philosophy, made famous by Philippa Foot, called the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a runaway trolley that you can steer but not stop. Up ahead, ...

Don't mess with Mother NatureJohn Garvey

Catholic children learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (seven each) about the same time they learn the seven sacraments. Most of them come directly from the Gospel, especially from the description ...

Blessed Teresa: Witness of modern-day holiness John Garvey

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata came to The Catholic University of America 45 years ago to receive her first honorary degree. If I'd been president of our school at the time I would have tried hard to get a ...