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I'm not 'intrinsically disordered!'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church ...

Your Pats in their offseasonClark Booth

The great conquerors don't know the meaning of the word "enough." Their appetites are ravenous. There's no "quit" in these bullies until the Reaper Himself blows the whistle. 'Tis ever been thus. On ...

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 ...

On "owning" the ChurchGeorge Weigel

The question of "who owns the Church" has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the 19th century, "lay trusteeism" -- lay boards ...

The impact of a simple cardboard boxDebbie Rambo

This Lenten season Catholic Charities is partnering with Catholic Relief Services along with parishes and schools across the archdiocese through the Lenten tradition of Rice Bowl. Rice Bowl is a CRS faith-in-action ...

True servant leadersKathy Mears

Service is at the heart of Catholic education. Without servant leaders in the classrooms and hallways of our schools, we would fail in our quest to develop saints and scholars.Recently we celebrated National ...

The Charitable Irish SocietyThomas Lester

Every St. Patrick's Day, the Charitable Irish Society holds a dinner to celebrate its work and accomplishments. While we most closely associate Irish immigration, from a historical perspective at least, ...

Religious freedom: A partisan issue?Richard Doerflinger

"Leaked Draft of Trump's Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination," announced The Nation on Feb. 1. This liberal magazine said legal experts find the draft "sweeping" ...

The interminable Mr. BettmanClark Booth

In all the games played for our savage amusement the seasons are too long and grueling. But in no other is that more the case than where hockey is purportedly played best. That's no surprise. In contemporary ...

Persuasive disciples, not anarchic disruptersGeorge Weigel

We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968. Then, a teenager, I watched U.S. Army tanks patrol the streets of Baltimore ...