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Why in the world do Catholics celebrate a chair?

Today (2/22) the Church celebrates a curiously named feast called "the Chair of Saint Peter." The "chair" references an actual piece of furniture that is encased in a monumental sculpture by Bernini ...



The death of RoeDwight G. Duncan

Norma McCorvey, alias Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, died last weekend. Her obituary was front-page news in the New York Times. The 1973 decision that bore her pseudonym continues to stand for the proposition ...

Achieving more with partners throughout the archdioceseKathy Mears

Have you seen the acronym for TEAM? Together Everyone Achieves More? In the Catholic Schools Office, we believe that to be true and based on that belief, building partnerships with others is a priority. Our ...

How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam. The debate went smoothly ...

The passing of a Catholic lionKevin and Marilyn Ryan

The Catholic world lost a public intellectual last Friday. Michael Novak, in the tradition of William F Buckley, Richard Neuhaus and George Weigel, was a lion among intellectuals. His thinking and writing ...

Do not be anxiousScott Hahn

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 49:14--15 Psalm 62:2--3, 6--9 1 Corinthians 4:1--5 Matthew 6:24--24 We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In Sunday's Gospel, ...

Judge notMichael Pakaluk

We have all heard that "Catholic" means, literally, "according to the whole." That one idea has many consequences. A Catholic university, for example, looks at the world "according to the whole" -- not ...

Looking backward to look forwardClark Booth

Stray observations and gratuitous wisecracks for you to chew on while waiting for that sweetest of seminal sporting moments: first results from the Grapefruit League. And with the allegedly hottest starting ...

Accepting lifeJaymie Stuart Wolfe

When my grandmother died suddenly a week ago, no one was exactly surprised. She was, after all, 102 years old, and more than ready to leave her long and full life behind. But I suspect that even if she ...