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For the love of Jesus: 90s fashion choicesMichael Reardon

As a middle-aged man in America, there are many fashion disasters littering the family photo album. There is the shirt with trees on it, paired with a stunning denim-like wide-collared jacket with white ...

A mid-season assessmentDick Flavin

Question: What's wrong with the Red Sox? Answer: Not as much as you think. In fact, not much at all. At least, that's what I think. Since the early days of April, when the Olde Towne Team came stumbling ...

Two patients? Not according to the proposed ROE ActDr. Kerry Pound

"Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -- Elie Wiesel. When I began my medical school rotation in obstetrics, I was surprised when the lecturing obstetrician stated, "We are the only ...

Morality at the moviesRichard Doerflinger

The most likely place to find uplifting messages about the human spirit these days is in superhero movies. Spider-Man risks himself to save others because he takes to heart his beloved uncle's words, ...

The summer reading listGeorge Weigel

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure: John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln's secretary and biographer, a Republican ...

An unexpected voice, a painful messageGreg Erlandson

For those who say the Church doesn't get it, or the Vatican doesn't get it, I offer up Msgr. John Kennedy. Msgr. Kennedy has perhaps the most unenviable job in the Church today. He is head of the Vatican ...

Catholic Charities North's 100 years of service to the communityDebbie Rambo

This past week, we held a gathering at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem to celebrate Catholic Charities North's 100 years of service to those in need in the North Shore community. In 1919, Catholic Charities ...

The Temperance Movement in 19th century BostonThomas Lester

In the papers of Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick of Boston is a letter dated June 6, 1836, from Horace Mann, at the time a Massachusetts Representative from Boston, conveying a resolution unanimously passed ...

A dangerous gameDick Flavin

A week or so ago, in a game at Kansas City with two outs in the top of the second inning, Eduardo Nunez of the Red Sox cracked a vicious low liner directly at the Royals' pitcher, Danny Duffy. The ball ...

The future of Boston's Catholic schoolsThomas Carroll

As the new superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, I have enjoyed meeting countless people committed to the future of our schools -- principals, teachers, parents, students and clergy. ...