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Our call to be a welcoming neighborMarjean A. Perhot

Nearly every day, it seems that there is media coverage from so many different news outlets on the issue of immigration. We hear stories about the conditions and challenges faced by immigrants trying ...

So long, MookieDick Flavin

Mookie is no longer a Red Sox. It hurts just to write those words. It's like the death of a terminally ill loved one; you think that you're prepared for it, but when it happens the finality of it hits ...

What is synodality?Bishop Robert Barron

It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four ...

Beyond AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Why we should care about the beloved AmazonGreg Erlandson

Pope Francis can be stubborn. If Americans are unlikely to care about Ukraine, as our secretary of state reportedly suggested recently, what is the likelihood American Catholics will care about the Amazon? I ...

Archbishop Cheverus writes to a friend in BostonThomas Lester

On Feb. 19, 1835, Archbishop Jean Cheverus of Bordeaux wrote to Bryant P. Tilden of Boston, revealing his thoughts on the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, his present condition as Archbishop ...

The pride of the jury boxDick Flavin

Do you remember Tommy Holmes? If you're an old-timer, you might, but even if you do, it's probably been years since you've even thought of his name. Tommy was one of the most popular baseball players ...

Flannery O'Connor and friends, revisitedGeorge Weigel

Her fiction may occasionally get the chop in politically correct 21st-century American high schools. But as Benjamin Alexander writes in the preface to a new collection of her letters, Flannery O'Connor's ...

Goodbye to Roe?Russell Shaw

"Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon." That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor general of Indiana -- one of 20 states joining in an amicus ...

The Ratzingerian constants and the maintenance of harmony in the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

Some years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy -- namely, the priest, the rite, and the people. When these elements ...