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The crisis behind the departure crisis

A young girl we know, recently changed schools because the one she was attending wasn't Catholic enough. She decided that she wanted a school where faith was first, not the more secular tone of her prestigious ...



The Bishop James Augustine Healy DinnerThomas Lester

Nov. 17 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Bishop James Augustine Healy Dinner, held annually by the Black Catholic Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston. James Augustine Healy was born in 1830 ...

The desolateness, and fairness, of the moonMichael Pakaluk

As the 50 year anniversary of the first moon walk approaches, it's not too early to begin reflecting upon the moon. Hollywood, our culture's Baptist, has already sent a movie as a forerunner, "First Man." But ...

My All Time Red Sox teamDick Flavin

Now that the 2018 edition of the Red Sox has established itself as the winningest team in the history of the franchise, let's do an exercise. Whom do you think are the greatest players that you have seen ...

Hope remainsMary E. Dumont

If an oasis of HOPE is what hearts were looking for, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in downtown Lowell was the place to be on Sept. 15 for the HOPE of the NATIONS Catholic Conference. This was the second ...

The Catholic crisis, in perspectiveGeorge Weigel

Perspective is at least as important when reading the signs of the times as it is in landscape painting. And so, in this autumn of our Catholic discontent, I was particularly grateful to hear from an ...

A NEW APOLOGETICSBishop Robert Barron

Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment Oct. 4. -- Editor Jesus' encounter with two erstwhile disciples ...

Paul VI, a prophetic popeRussell Shaw

"Am I Hamlet or Don Quixote?" Pope Paul VI once asked that question about himself, and whatever his answer might have been, most people would say he was more than a little of both. His hesitation in ...

Judas and his fateFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. There's a question that has occurred to me from time to time, and I would appreciate your answer. I was always led to believe that suicide is a mortal sin, so someone who takes his own life cannot ...