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Archbishop Cheverus writes to a friend in Boston

On Feb. 19, 1835, Archbishop Jean Cheverus of Bordeaux wrote to Bryant P. Tilden of Boston, revealing his thoughts on the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, his present condition as Archbishop ...



The Church as a householdMichael Pakaluk

What seems an accidental confluence of books can be providential, which is perhaps the best reason for reading several books at the same time. Gregory of Tours, the late sixth-century bishop, perhaps ...

The pride of the jury boxDick Flavin

Do you remember Tommy Holmes? If you're an old-timer, you might, but even if you do, it's probably been years since you've even thought of his name. Tommy was one of the most popular baseball players ...

Affair of the heartScott Hahn

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that He has come not to abolish but to "fulfill" the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten ...

Flannery O'Connor and friends, revisitedGeorge Weigel

Her fiction may occasionally get the chop in politically correct 21st-century American high schools. But as Benjamin Alexander writes in the preface to a new collection of her letters, Flannery O'Connor's ...

The Ratzingerian constants and the maintenance of harmony in the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

Some years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy -- namely, the priest, the rite, and the people. When these elements ...

Goodbye to Roe?Russell Shaw

"Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon." That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor general of Indiana -- one of 20 states joining in an amicus ...

Candles and feast of PresentationFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. We just celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, but in our parish there was no blessing of candles. I am aware that in some other parishes, the faithful are permitted to bring their own ...

FOCUS -- helping priests to be priestsFather David Barnes

This past week, I attended a conference in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Along with about 9,000 others, I enjoyed a powerful week-long experience ...