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The origins of the Jesuits and their impact on Boston historyViolet Hurst

Friday, July 31, marks the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. In honor of the occasion, and in thanksgiving for the immeasurable contributions of the Jesuits to the ...

Separation and neutralityJohn Garvey

At the time of the Revolutionary War, the Church of England was the established church in the mother country and the southern colonies (plus a few New York counties). King George was the head of the church. ...

Baseball and Gloria SwansonDick Flavin

"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close up now." With that, Norma Desmond, an over-the-hill, delusional former movie queen, slithers toward the camera in what she assumes is her most irresistible ...

The next pope and the crisis of the WestGeorge Weigel

In February 1968, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla wrote Father Henri de Lubac, SJ, about a project in which the cardinal was engaged: a philosophical explanation of the uniqueness and nobility of the human person. ...

Religious liberty after BostockRussell Shaw

Does the Catholic Church have a right to follow its convictions about sexual morality in its own institutions without being penalized by government? In its June decision declaring "gay" and "transgender" ...

Don't let the noise drown out the good newsMichael Reardon

To say that the last few months have been challenging is probably the understatement of the century. The United States went from having one of the lowest unemployment rates in history in February to a ...

The death of the 'Golden Greek'Dick Flavin

It was early in the afternoon of June 27, 1955, just 65 years ago, when the news first surfaced. It was just in the rumor stage at first, for the news cycle back then bore no resemblance to the 24-hour, ...

The rear view mirrorMichael J. Cunningham

On the one hand, I must admit to being an instinctive proponent of working with what presents itself today, and how that may affect our actions for the future. While there is benefit in looking back into ...

The next pope and Vatican diplomacyGeorge Weigel

During a short papal flight from Boston to New York on October 2, 1979, Father Jan Schotte (later a cardinal but then a low-ranking curial official) discovered that Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, the Vatican's ...

How Catholic organizations are weathering the pandemicGreg Erlandson

It is no surprise that Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, and organizations have been profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. With unemployment impacting so many Catholic families, as well ...