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The 'secret sauce' of Catholic education

Last week, a member of the Catholic Schools Foundation Board of Trustees pulled me aside after a meeting and asked, "Do you know what the secret sauce to Catholic education is?" She paused, but before ...



Boston College's centennial commencementThomas Lester

At the Boston College commencement on April 20, 1963, Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston was one of the many special guests invited to help mark the college's centennial that year. President John F. Kennedy ...

Laughter and healthAdam K. Johnson

The last time you walked into a room full of laughing people, you most likely searched the room for a visible source of hilarity. You may have asked someone to explain the joke. Of course, people were ...

Counsel of JerusalemScott Hahn

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 circumcised ...

Twin horrorsKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The French and others around the world looked on in horror as flames engulfed the wooden parts of Notre Dame Cathedral and licked at the twin towers. Horrific things are happening around us. As the emblem ...

Prayers -- answered and otherwiseDick Flavin

For many years, I used to have the same recurring dream. In it, I am a player for the Boston Red Sox (I told you I was dreaming) and, in my first major league at-bat, I am called upon to pinch hit in ...

What if every life were precious?Greg Erlandson

When Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed the nation's most restrictive abortion bill into law, she gave this simple explanation. "Every life is precious," she said. The law has been criticized by some ...

Confirmation for developmentally disabledFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our son, age 24, has severe cognitive delays. Would he be able to be confirmed? What level of understanding is required? (New Philadelphia, Ohio) A. Your son would certainly be able to be confirmed, ...

The Pell case: Developments down underGeorge Weigel

In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of "historical sexual abuse." ...