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Why I stayed at Catholic Charities for over 40 yearsDebbie Rambo

As my time serving as president of Catholic Charities comes to an end, I have reflected a lot about the 40-plus years I have been with the organization. I've thought about the early years and why I became ...

The Mookie dilemmaDick Flavin

The hoopla of the World Series is over and the long parade of baseball games has come to and end, leaving Red Sox Nation to hunker down for the long, cold winter thinking about the unthinkable: when the ...

Bishop Irwin: 'A giant of a man in so many ways'Dr. Joseph Doolin

That is what Sister Zita M. Fleming, CSJ, said just after the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Raphael's in Medford. Full disclosure: The Most Reverend Francis X. Irwin recruited the both of us into service ...

The 'synodality' masqueradeGeorge Weigel

During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who'd suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: "Jesus ...

The light at the tunnel's end is still far awayGreg Erlandson

It has been a rough 18 months for the U.S. bishops. Much as they would like it to be over, some observers, including a fellow bishop, think they still have a long way to go. The cascade of bad news started ...

Pushing back against evilFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During a recent speech in Texas, I mentioned that "Drag Queen Story Hours" are being sponsored by local public libraries across the country. Toddlers and kids are brought in and placed in front of cross-dressing ...

Tommy, we hardly knew yeDick Flavin

Here is what I think. I think that Tom Brady is more than half-way through his final season as an NFL quarterback. I sincerely hope that this forecast is wrong and that people will come up to me next ...

Move to meet people with love -- even around the family tableLaura Kelly Fanucci

Religion and politics. The two subjects you're supposed to avoid in polite conversation. Except that the holiday season is when faith and family collide. Feasts like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's ...

Should Biden have been given Communion? Maybe that is the wrong question

Below is an unsigned editorial titled: "Should Joe Biden have been given Communion? Maybe that is the wrong question," which appeared online Nov. 6 on the website of Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic ...

Fearlessness and the American bishops in RomeGeorge Weigel

I once knew a Congregationalist minister -- Yale Divinity School graduate, decorated World War II chaplain, veteran campaigner for then-unpopular liberal causes -- of whom it was said (sometimes by himself) ...