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The inconveniently necessary LentKatie Prejean McGrady

I hate Lent. I don't like the color. I'm much more a green and white than a purple and gray type of gal. I don't like the music. Everything is in a minor key, somberly plodding along like we're all ...

Aventine meditationsGeorge Weigel

Rome's Aventine Hill has seen a lot. Legend has it that a dispute over the hill led to the fratricidal conflict between the city's founders, Romulus and Remus. During the Roman Republic, the Aventine ...

An American knightRussell Shaw

Obituaries of Virgil C. Dechant, former Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus who died peacefully February 16 at his home in Leawood, Kansas, were factually correct but superficial. Dechant was a ...

Women and menJohn Garvey

When we first began having grandchildren, they were roughly evenly divided between boys and girls. But the past 14 in a row have been girls. What are the odds? In the general population, boys are born ...

Our call to be a welcoming neighborMarjean A. Perhot

Nearly every day, it seems that there is media coverage from so many different news outlets on the issue of immigration. We hear stories about the conditions and challenges faced by immigrants trying ...

So long, MookieDick Flavin

Mookie is no longer a Red Sox. It hurts just to write those words. It's like the death of a terminally ill loved one; you think that you're prepared for it, but when it happens the finality of it hits ...

What is synodality?Bishop Robert Barron

It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four ...

Beyond AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Why we should care about the beloved AmazonGreg Erlandson

Pope Francis can be stubborn. If Americans are unlikely to care about Ukraine, as our secretary of state reportedly suggested recently, what is the likelihood American Catholics will care about the Amazon? I ...

Archbishop Cheverus writes to a friend in BostonThomas Lester

On Feb. 19, 1835, Archbishop Jean Cheverus of Bordeaux wrote to Bryant P. Tilden of Boston, revealing his thoughts on the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, his present condition as Archbishop ...