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The 'secret sauce' of Catholic educationMichael Reardon

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 ...

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 ...

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." ...

Is this equality?Russell Shaw

Last month in Philadelphia a federal appeals court did its bit for efforts to make conscience knuckle under to the LGBTQ agenda. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit held the city was within ...

Suppose we let the people decideJohn Garvey

This week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt that states have sovereign immunity from suits brought by individuals in the courts of another state. There is a lot ...

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 ...

'The Memoirs of St. Peter'Russell Shaw

In "The Memoirs of St. Peter" (Regnery), Michael Pakaluk takes on what someone unaware of the pitfalls of translation might consider a simple task: to render the gospel of St. Mark in English that resembles ...

Celebrating 100 years of Sunset Point CampDebbie Rambo

It must have been quite a sight on the day more than 100 years ago, when the barge carrying the building that had once served as a VA Hospital on Bumpkin Island sailed its way through Boston Harbor to ...

Whatever happened to Craig Kimbrel?Dick Flavin

Do you remember Craig Kimbrel? You know, the guy with the red beard. He used to be a baseball player. Well, I guess he still is a baseball player, but he's not playing for anyone, is he? At least, not ...