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Are Catholic schools 'worth it'?Kathy Mears

2017 is here and it came with many resolutions from many people! I was like many and thought about what I should resolve to do. The usual list of losing weight and disengaging from technology are always ...

Civil war chaplainsThomas Lester

A letter from Archbishop Francis Patrick Kenrick of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to Archbishop John Joseph Williams of the Diocese of Boston, dated June 27, 1862, discusses faculties, or the authority ...

Return to Divine LoveFather Steve Grunow

Today (1/9) the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, and it is with this awe-filled liturgy that the three great revelations or "theophanies" of the Christmas season are brought ...

SchmidtyClark Booth

Ordinarily -- as if there were anything "ordinary" about the kingdom of Sport in these times -- the subject of the week would be the NFL playoffs, that fierce if sometimes mindless celebration of pain ...

'The Ghetto'Father James Ronan

I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone pretty much looked the same, went to the same schools, church, markets, bakeries, bank, park and so forth. It was a kind of Irish enclave. We followed with passion ...

Lessons from an era of confusionGeorge Weigel

In the introduction to Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni warns readers that his book will be most easily understood by students and ...

The Mystery of Mary, the Mother of GodFather Steve Grunow

Sunday (Jan. 1), while much of the world marks the new beginning of the calendar year, the Church will commemorate the great solemnity of the Mother of God. What does this mean? That the Blessed Virgin ...

A New Year's revolutionRaymond Flynn

After attending the 12:10 Mass at Mission Church in Roxbury on Tuesday, a couple of long-time area residents greeted us after the service us by saying, "Happy New Year Mayor Flynn, it's great to see you ...

Ave atque vale 2016Clark Booth

Eras ended and doors closed on history. It was a year of tumultuous transition. The class of 2016 is long on numbers and even higher in distinction. Oft infuriatingly complex and willfully enigmatic, ...

A letter to the president-electRussell Shaw

Dear President-elect Trump: Unsolicited advice is said to be the best kind because the most easily ignored. But even if this letter accomplishes nothing else, at least it will help me focus my own thinking ...