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'Tis the season for traditionsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

At a time when tracing your ancestry, delving into your cultural identity, and even testing your DNA are popular, Christians could take a moment this season to look back at their own traditions. Over ...

Conservatives: What they are and what they aren't Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

We all live in a moment in history where it is all-politics-all-the-time. Everything from our health to our wealth, from the womb to the tomb, is viewed through the lens of increasingly divisive and rancorous ...

Are they finding what they want?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Sex has forever been a big seller. That's why in the media saturated world we live in, we are awash with sexual words and images. Today the radio is blaring news of the sex life of Harvey Weinstein, an ...

Worship in ecumenical contexts Father Thomas Ryan, CSP

Pastoral leaders are discovering that worship is more central to the work for Christian unity than was earlier thought. So it's no surprise, then, that the topic at this year's annual gathering of the ...

Going off the railsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

It's easy to see the train going off the tracks. Many signs should have summoned the red lights. Alas, all too often a government policy seems a good idea at the time -- a bill covering prescription drugs ...

The two faces of immigration Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Immigration is one of the thorny issues facing Americans today. It is particularly so for Catholics, since such a large percentage of the people who have come here in recent years are our co-religionists. All ...

The new new thing recovered from the graveyardKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Trending today is not just the hottest new Internet game. No, the quiet revolution at the creative fringes of American education is a 2,000 year old language: Latin. In tony private schools, inner city ...

A betrayal with a happy ending Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Last fall, an outstanding teacher and leading Catholic scholar was publicly taken to the academic woodshed by his university's president. The professor is Anthony Esolen and the university is Providence ...