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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 ...

Praying with children John Garvey

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the church faces ...

One, holy, catholicJohn Garvey

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold. Abortion and sterilization are commonplace. ...

What's so funny? John Garvey

Our youngest daughter is living at home while her husband finishes his medical residency. One of the many blessings of this old-fashioned arrangement (several generations under one roof) is that we have ...

In the beginningJohn Garvey

Stephen Hawking died last month. He was a brilliant and influential physicist responsible for, among other things, the conclusion that black holes emit energy that we now call "Hawking radiation." This ...

As we forgive John 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 sportsJohn 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 men John 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 ...