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Council of Jerusalem

The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today's First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it. Some Jewish Christians had wanted Gentile converts to be ...



The 200th anniversary of the birth of Archbishop WilliamsViolet Hurst

On April 27, 1822 -- 200 years ago last month -- John Joseph Williams, first Archbishop of Boston, was born. Archbishop Williams was the second child of Irish immigrants Michael Williams and Ann Egan. ...

Slumps happen, but this is seriousDick Flavin

When a team is playing well, it seems to find ways to win ball games it might otherwise be expected to lose. The reverse is also true; slumping teams sometimes find uncanny ways of snatching defeat from ...

HeavenwardJaymie Stuart Wolfe

The movie "The Martian" was on cable TV the other night, just as I was beginning to emerge from a week in bed due to a virus that wasn't even COVID. (I had almost forgotten that there are, in fact, ...

When a Whisper Becomes a ShoutMaureen Crowley Heil

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you? I don't mean in a creepy way; just that someone was looking over your shoulder. Maybe to tap you on the shoulder when you're about to ...

The Virgin Mary is never aloneHosffman Ospino

I once heard Mexican-American theologian Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, tell a story that has stayed with me for many years. Let me paraphrase. As part of his ...

Dobbs hysteria and Russian disinformationGeorge Weigel

There are striking parallels between the Russian disinformation campaign that continues to foul the global communications space in the third month of the war on Ukraine and the hysterical screeds of pro-abortion ...

What the father of abortion had in mindRussell Shaw

In the uproar over the leak of an early draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, the rhetoric of editorialists and commentators friendly to abortion ...

May God Go with You into Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

As a teacher, I have mixed feelings about graduations. While commencements launch new beginnings for graduates, they are also bittersweet farewells. Each year, the basic formula of our graduation ceremonies ...