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Collegiality and eucharistic integrity

The concept of the "collegiality" of bishops has been sharply contested since the Second Vatican Council debated it in 1962, 1963, and 1964. That discussion was sufficiently contentious that a personal ...



Return to normal! What normal?Hosffman Ospino

Excitement about returning to some form of normalcy has invaded our society and our faith communities. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has truly tested our lives. It is amazing how much we take for granted: ...

Funeral Mass for non-practicing Catholic?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. May a Mass of Christian burial be celebrated for a baptized person who has been, for many years, away from the Church? (East Springfield, New York) A. Yes, absolutely. The Church's Code of Canon Law ...

'Wasting' Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

Now that summer solstice has come and gone, summer is officially here. When I was a child, summer seemed to last forever. The summer highlight was a family road trip -- a week or two, all together in ...

Help us make The Pilot's archives accessibleThomas Lester

The first issue of The Pilot was published on Sept. 5, 1829, as The Jesuit, or Catholic Sentinel. Over the next 30 years, it would go through several name changes, including the Literary and Catholic ...

In the stormScott Hahn

"Do you not yet have faith?" Our Lord's question in today's Gospel frames the Sunday liturgies for the remainder of the year, which the Church calls "Ordinary Time." In the weeks ahead, the Church's ...

'Holy God, We Praise Thy Name'John Garvey

Every 12 months or so, I'll remind my wife that I would like the recessional at my funeral to be "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name." I mentioned this to a friend last week and he said, with some surprise, ...

The Stories in the Stained-Glass WindowsMaureen Crowley Heil

With Mission Appeal season upon us, it is my privilege to visit parishes in the Archdiocese to tell stories of the missions. I love going to, what is for me, a new church. The variety of architecture ...

Reopening Sunset Point Camp: A summer oasis for inner-city youthJacqueline Cunniff

For over 100 years, Catholic Charities of Boston's (CCAB) Sunset Point Camp in Hull has operated an overnight week-long seaside camp for low-income, at-risk children aged six-13 from Greater Boston and ...