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Family separation at the borders

We have all seen the heart-wrenching videos of children crying for their parents, or worse yet, being held in cages in detention centers at the U.S. border. Today, we are paying particular attention to ...



The complex situation at the U.S.-Mexico borderDeacon Timothy Donohue

[Deacon Timothy Donohue of Holy Family Parish, West Roxbury made a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border city of Brownsville, Texas June 24-26 to see first-hand and raise awareness of the experience of immigrants ...

What are judges for?Richard Doerflinger

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. In ...

Diamond vs. gridironDick Flavin

We are all wired differently. No two of us are exactly the same. We might have many things in common but there are other things that separate us, that give us our own identity. My brother, Jim, and I, ...

Shortchanging Catholic school students on special education servicesRaymond Flynn and Father Tom Olson

As if it's not bad enough that the Massachusetts Constitution still includes amendments rooted in the anti-Catholic bigotry of the 19th century, we now learn that the state Department of Elementary and ...

The glue that binds families togetherDeacon Christopher Connelly

Summertime in Boston is a time for families to rest, reconnect, and recreate. From Memorial Day to Labor Day families reconnect with one another basking in the promises of a warm summer day and the good ...

Reception of 'Humanae Vitae'Russell Shaw

In the half-century since Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming that contraception is always wrong, opponents of the teaching have frequently focused on "reception" and "sensus ...

Celebrating our technicolor gloryGreg Erlandson

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices ...

Getting out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral PrioritiesBishop Robert Barron

For the past several days, I've been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O'Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our "Pivotal Players" series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New ...