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Don Rodman's legacy of generosityDebbie Rambo

At the end of August, we lost a long-time member of our family at Catholic Charities. Don Rodman -- auto-dealer extraordinaire, generous philanthropist, and first ever Catholic Charities Board Member ...

The founding of Emmanuel CollegeThomas Lester

This month, Emmanuel College in Boston celebrates its 100th anniversary. It was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur -- whose history this column has discussed previously -- but warrant our attention ...

The demise of Dave DombrowksiDick Flavin

When Dave Dombrowski was brought on to head up baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, he was hired to win "now" -- and he did. His problem was that "now" doesn't have a very long shelf-life; it soon ...

Embracing Laudato Si'

Following is the text of the statement on climate change and the environment issued by the bishops of the four dioceses of Massachusetts, Sept. 16, 2019. "St. Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites ...

Ironies in the fireGeorge Weigel

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition -- in which, Rossi memorably observed, "there are many ...

Hooray for our sideJohn Garvey

We began our football season Sept. 7 with a loss in double overtime to Kenyon College, the alma mater of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was a beautiful day for football. It would have been perfect, ...

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfacesGreg Erlandson

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy. The effigy was crafted to resemble a stereotype of an Orthodox ...

At least they haven't quitDick Flavin

I'll say this for the 2019 Red Sox: they haven't quit. Things have not gone well this season, not by a long shot. But the team has hung in through all the disappointments and kept plugging away. There ...

Go further with faithThomas Carroll

Management guru Peter Drucker urged companies to reflect upon a simple but profound question: "What business are we in?" This question is a good one for our Catholic schools as well. Simply put, I believe ...

Australian justice in the dockGeorge Weigel

Consider this sequence of events, familiar to some but evidently not to others: March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police ...