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A few odds and endsDick Flavin

There was a standing-room-only crowd on Nov. 30th at the Grove Manor Estates assisted living facility in Braintree. People were there to celebrate a great baseball institution. Centennial Mary Pratt ...

Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years agoGeorge Weigel

Twenty years ago this month, I found myself seriously double-booked, so to speak. The editing of the first volume of my John Paul II biography, Witness to Hope, was entering the ninth ...

Preparing our children for the coming of JesusKathy Mears

My husband and I were recently blessed with a new grandchild, and we are so grateful! We now have three grandchildren and to spend time with them is one of the greatest gifts we have ever received. As ...

Father Lee's difficulties in the early New England missionsThomas Lester

On Dec. 10, 1833, Father Constantine Lee wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston from Dover, New Hampshire, "under very disagreeable circumstances." Father Lee had arrived in Boston with a recommendation ...

Baseball writers can't be wrong, can they?Dick Flavin

Was Alex Cora robbed when he didn't win the American League Manager of the Year for 2018? It's impossible to conceive of anyone doing a better job than Cora did this year: 108 wins is an all-time record ...

Inspiration from the comicsRichard Doerflinger

"America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie, I guess." Thus wrote political humorist Bill Maher on the recent death of Stan Lee, beloved ...

Avoiding another Roman fiasco in FebruaryGeorge Weigel

By peremptorily ordering the American bishops not to vote on local remedies for today's Catholic crisis of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops, the Vatican dramatically raised the stakes for the February ...

Primacy vs. SynodalityRussell Shaw

Something that happened at a bishops' meeting nearly half a century ago raises questions about the Vatican's action last month telling the U.S. bishops to cancel a scheduled vote on two proposals for ...

Ecclesial déjà vu all over againGreg Erlandson

After a surprise derailment by the Vatican of a long-awaited vote of the U.S. bishops, tempers were frayed. "I feel frustrated," said one powerful cardinal. An influential archbishop added, "The thinking ...

Abortion Funding -- Cutting off the Blood SupplyFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Americans have long been disturbed by the fraud and waste that often surrounds the federal government's use of their tax dollars. They now have further reason to be up in arms because of the way those ...