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Fenway's other 'monstah'Dick Flavin

Before Fenway Park had a Green Monster, it had an honest-to-God real monster. The left field wall has been called the Green Monster for only the past 30 or so years. Before that, it was referred to simply, ...

Thinking right or wrong before raceCarole Norris Greene

When we as human beings think primarily along racial lines, we unwittingly disqualify ourselves as objective and even reliable observers of an occurrence at hand. Why? Because far too many of us have ...

The Vatican's Choice: Jimmy Lai or Xi Jinping?George Weigel

In mid-May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong's legislature and impose draconian new "national security" laws on the former British colony. Putatively intended to defend Hong ...

HomeschoolingRussell Shaw

Although a Harvard law school professor's recent proposal that homeschooling children be banned provoked a predictable hornets' nest of justifiably outraged responses, the article by Professor Elizabeth ...

Pentecost and the fires in our citiesBishop Robert Barron

It is in a way providential that the feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, ...

The new Fenway Park and the Red Sox almost-ownerDick Flavin

Twenty one years ago this month the Red Sox gathered the media together to make a major announcement. There would soon be a brand new Fenway Park! It would be right across the street from the old one, ...

Extraordinary evangelization in extraordinary timesGeorge Weigel

I'd heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick's Church in London as pastoral ...

To mask or not to maskGreg Erlandson

I've been a bit puzzled about all the debate and outrage over wearing masks. I know some of it is weirdly ideological, but some of it seems to be a misunderstanding of why we have been asked to wear masks ...

'Unorthodox' and the modern myth of originsBishop Robert Barron

"Unorthodox," a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and finds freedom with a ...

The extraordinary gift of perspectiveMichael Reardon

Walking across the stage in the McNeice Pavilion at Boston College High School on May 29, 1993, to receive my diploma is forever ingrained in my brain. The previous four years of effort, sometimes lack ...