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Ironies in the fire

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition -- in which, Rossi memorably observed, "there are many ...



Voting for pro-abortion candidateFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My family have all been cradle Catholics, but currently we are at odds. How can any Catholic vote for a Democrat who professes to be pro-abortion? How can Catholics look forward to someday meeting ...

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfacesGreg Erlandson

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy. The effigy was crafted to resemble a stereotype of an Orthodox ...

Hooray for our sideJohn Garvey

We began our football season Sept. 7 with a loss in double overtime to Kenyon College, the alma mater of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was a beautiful day for football. It would have been perfect, ...

At least they haven't quitDick Flavin

I'll say this for the 2019 Red Sox: they haven't quit. Things have not gone well this season, not by a long shot. But the team has hung in through all the disappointments and kept plugging away. There ...

Culture of belongingJaymie Stuart Wolfe

It seems strange now, but when I was growing up in Cleveland, one of the first questions we asked and answered when we met someone new was, "What nationality are you?" No one was offended. And because ...

Monuments to good teachingMichael Pakaluk

If you have been to Edinburgh, Scotland, or seen photographs, you are probably familiar with the view from Calton Hill on the east end of Princes Street, looking past the North British Hotel to the castle ...

Go further with faithThomas Carroll

Management guru Peter Drucker urged companies to reflect upon a simple but profound question: "What business are we in?" This question is a good one for our Catholic schools as well. Simply put, I believe ...

New Hesburgh BiographyRussell Shaw

Two words are central to the story told in an important new biography of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. The words are complexity and assimilation. Complexity marked his long, distinguished career that ...