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As we forgiveJohn Garvey

We recently added the papers of Father Richard John Neuhaus to our university library's collection of important figures in American Catholic history. Among them are a number of reviews of his book "Death ...

Good sports John Garvey

When I was about 13, I had a bad temper -- so bad that I quit playing golf. When I played poorly (which was most of the time), I would throw clubs and say things I was not allowed to say at home. It ...

About praising famous menJohn Garvey

Ron Chernow has written a splendid new biography of Ulysses S. Grant, and it has caused me to reflect on the judgments we make about historical figures. I have long held Grant in low esteem, for several ...

Repeat after me John Garvey

The Supreme Court heard arguments this month in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case about whether the government can make a Christian baker design a cake celebrating a same-sex ...

Why poetry mattersJohn Garvey

Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot. Here's an example of why I liked him so much. It's ...

Making and renewing vows John Garvey

Last week a friend invited my wife and me to join her in celebrating the 50th anniversary of her perpetual vows. It was a simple but moving ceremony. There was a Mass with guests and members of her religious ...

The prerogative powerJohn Garvey

Before hurricanes took over the news cycle, two other stories absorbed the country's attention -- President Donald Trump's chest-thumping exchange with Kim Jong Un, and his decision to end Deferred Action ...

Taking the dog for a walk John Garvey

We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children. She came when she was called and would lie respectfully ...