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The best statistic of allMichael Reardon

It is open house season for private and Catholic high schools. Messages about academic excellence, superior college matriculation, amazing test scores and Advanced Placement courses offered are plastered ...

The Catholic Union of BostonThomas Lester

As this column has previously discussed, Pope Pius IX (Pontificate, 1846-1878) had a long and turbulent tenure. For the purposes of this article, it is worth reminding readers that he presided over Vatican ...

The will of the peopleJohn Garvey

Left-leaning editorial writers and news anchors have recently been warning us that public approval of the Supreme Court is dropping. They refer to polls conducted by Gallup and the Annenberg Public Policy ...

Report card timeDick Flavin

The day of reckoning is at hand. It is time to assess the accomplishments or lack thereof -- of those in whom we have placed our hopes, dreams, and, perhaps, even fears during the baseball season. It's ...

Pope Francis, 'estranged' Catholics, and holy communionGeorge Weigel

Certain Catholic media platforms that often function as de facto extensions of Jen Psaki's White House Press Office have continually urged the U.S. bishops to dodge the issue of pro-abortion Catholic ...

Dressing up for Ordinary TimesLucia A. Silecchia

For better or worse, my childhood days were lived before the age of the digital camera. So, I have shelves full of photo albums that tell the stories of my life. As is likely the case for many, Halloween ...

Why Purgatory?Russell Shaw

Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante's "Divine Comedy" is the "Purgatorio" -- Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the ...

Lessons from a COVID-19 infectionGreg Erlandson

Experiencing COVID-19 these days brings to mind the scene in "Ben-Hur" when the lepers are proclaiming themselves "Unclean! Unclean!" People compare COVID-19 to the flu, which, in many cases, is pretty ...

Will you stand with us in support of the Catholic Appeal?Rita and Kevin Gill

Our Catholic faith is deeply important to both of us, and we were so honored to be asked to serve as co-chairs of this year's Catholic Appeal. In this capacity, we hope to show our gratitude to our pastors, ...

Smead Jolley -- the defense restsDick Flavin

If Smead Jolley were around today, he'd probably be a very famous ballplayer with a contract worth tens of millions of dollars. Alas for him, that wasn't the case at all; his career in the major leagues ...