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Some critics of religion need to pick up their game

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Lex Fridman for a wide-ranging two-hour conversation. Lex is a professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at MIT and an extremely popular podcaster. ...



Navigating Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

"Navigating home," she said in that assertive, mechanical voice of a well-used GPS system. She calculated the way that would route the car homeward, chiming in from time to time to offer directions and ...

'Matthew 25 Catholics'?George Weigel

Barring a startling lurch to starboard in the Empire State, Kathy Hochul, who as lieutenant governor succeeded the unlamented Andrew Cuomo on his political demise, will be chosen governor of New York ...

Homosexual men and chaste friendshipsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Catholic men facing same-sex attractions often struggle with how they are supposed to handle their homoromantic feelings. Some clearly understand that the Church invites them to order their feelings and ...

Bishop Fenwick asks for the presence of the Visitation Nuns in the dioceseThomas Lester

On August 11, 1836, exactly two years after an anti-Catholic mob burned the convent and school of the Ursuline Nuns in Charlestown, Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston wrote to Bishop Samuel Eccleston of ...

My friend, Dick DorrDick Flavin

Seven years ago this month my friend Dick Dorr died. He was attending a performance at Boston's Wilbur Theater when his great heart finally gave out. He was 78 years old. His death was not totally ...

What is a Catechist?Maureen Crowley Heil

If you were to look up the word catechist in a dictionary, you'd find a few different meanings. Most of us think of catechists as volunteers who teach the faith to children at our parishes. Some may ...

Consuming fireScott Hahn

Our God is a consuming fire, the Scriptures tell us (see Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24). And in this week's Gospel, Jesus uses the image of fire to describe the demands of discipleship. The fire ...

Rebuilding in the HeartlandDr. R. Jared Staudt

It's amazing what happens in what many people call "flyover" country, where many Catholics quietly are going about the work of rebuilding in the nation's heartland. On a recent road trip through ...