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Patriots and saints

They say there are four seasons in Louisiana: Mardi Gras, crawfish, hurricane, and football. Down here, football at every level -- high school, college, and professional -- is serious business. Many houses ...



The good will prevailDebbie Rambo

Recently, I was invited (as were others) to submit an op-ed letter to the Boston Globe with some thoughts about what is next for our Church in light of the report from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury. In ...

Respect Life Month: Pregnancy Help -- giving women a true choiceRachele Monbouquette

''When I got pregnant I felt lonely and confused. It was like being in a dark hole. Pregnancy Help gave me the emotional and practical support to get out of the confusion. I do not have words big enough ...

A time for heroes and goatsDick Flavin

At last, the baseball season has begun. The games really count for something, as opposed to the 162 game schedule when the teams fight it out to see which ones will gain home field advantage, an advantage ...

Celebrating the feast day of St. Marguerite d'YouvilleAdam K. Johnson

Marguerite d'Youville, foundress of the Grey Nuns of Montreal and the namesake of numerous hospitals and assisted living residences in New England, lived during the 18th century in Montreal. Left a poor ...

World Mission Sunday and the Reform of the ChurchFather Roger J. Landry

Among the harmful consequences of the multidimensional clergy sexual abuse crisis is the way that it disfigures the face of the Church and impedes the Church's mission. In the best of times, many Catholics ...

The rush to publishJohn Garvey

I wonder if I am alone in worrying about a side effect of our two most recent public discussions of sexual abuse. I mean of course the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the latest abuse scandal ...

Beyond Criticism and Anger -- The Invitation to a Deeper EmpathyFather Ron Rolheiser

Recently I attended a symposium where the keynote speaker was a man exactly my age. Since we had both lived through the same cultural and religious changes in our lives, I resonated with much of what ...

John Paul II, youth ministerGeorge Weigel

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyla had a well-developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on "Youth, ...