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Faith, patriotism and courage on display in South BostonRaymond Flynn

We often hear it said, "That our culture and times are changing and we have to accept it." Yesterday, after all the Masses, we heard Father Frank Daly say goodbye to the Catholic parishioners of South ...

Reading the signs of the timesRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict. The musician is Chris Cornell, who died alone in a hotel room in Detroit on May 17. He had been lead singer for Soundgarden ...

Injuries, injuries, and more injuriesClark Booth

Whining about injuries is lame. No cliché in sports more swiftly induces a more profound wince than the timeless observation, "Injuries are part of the game." That would be EVERY game; even tiddly winks. ...

Catholic Lite and Europe's demographic suicideGeorge Weigel

Ten years ago, after my meditation on Europe, The Cube and the Cathedral, had appeared in several languages, I was invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. There, I tried to ...

Discerning the newsRussell Shaw

Just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. That's been the story of Donald Trump's relationship with the media for a long time, and we aren't seeing the end of it yet. I don't wish to ...

A Word to Those Being ConfirmedBishop Robert Barron

One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. A drawback, however, is that I am obligated to conduct over forty Confirmations in roughly ...

Honoring service at our Spring CelebrationDebbie Rambo

This week, Catholic Charities held its annual Spring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The annual Catholic Charities event raises funds to provide basic needs resources such as ...

Boston's first ordinationThomas Lester

On May 31, 1817, a native Irishman by the name of Dennis Ryan received the honor of being the first priest ordained in the Diocese of Boston. Throughout its early history, the diocese, which then encompassed ...

St. Paul's suffering for the sake of missionFather Steve Grunow

Today's excerpt from the Acts of the Apostles indicates that St. Paul's missionary adventures were hardly a walk in the park. Saint Paul suffered terribly for the sake of Christ and the Church and this ...

Doping athletesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports but also raises broader ethical issues and ...