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Remembering holy groundJohn 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 faithful John 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 electionJohn 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 Nature John 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 holinessJohn 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 ...

Politics and the court John Garvey

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused quite a stir this month by saying what was on her mind about Donald Trump to the New York Times. "I can't imagine what the country would be -- with Donald ...

Instructing the ignorant, a work of mercyJohn Garvey

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis inaugurated a Holy Year of Mercy -- a special time for the church to celebrate and experience God's mercy. It's not just a time for receiving mercy. ...

Mary in our increasingly secular world John Garvey

The month of May has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary for centuries -- so long, in fact, that the precise origin of this Catholic devotion is lost in the mists of time. Still, it is a fitting devotion ...