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The choice of Bishop Cheverus' successorThomas Lester

The Diocese of Boston's first bishop, Bishop Jean Cheverus, departed for his native France in the autumn of 1823. When he did so, he left the diocese uncertain whether or not he would return, and his ...

Hoping rather than worrying during AdventDwight G. Duncan

We are now in the blessed season of Advent, when we wait eagerly to receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts on Christmas, as he was born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, and will come ...

Hot Stove timeClark Booth

The heat is arising on the Hot Stove! With the countdown to the Winter Meetings underway, Baseball's winter season formally launches. For the game's charter member nerds who groove on its byzantine inner-workings ...

A meditation on "Maranatha"George Weigel

Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent. "The holidays" so overwhelm our senses each December that it's hard ...

Post-truth cultureRussell Shaw

Has America become home to a post-truth culture? I ran into that phrase--"post-truth culture"--casually applied to the United States, in something I was reading, and it brought me up short. Have things ...

A plea for our fellow CatholicsGreg Erlandson

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. This Advent, imagine that you and your family lose everything. ...

What is sex for?Richard Doerflinger

It began with reports that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, over many years, used his power over aspiring actresses' careers to sexually harass and exploit them. The allegations soon extended to ...

Baseball votes on vetsClark Booth

It's that time again. A 16-man committee of distinguished keepers of the American Pastime's flame is about to gather in Cooperstown to decide who should be canonized this time; or more precisely who will ...

What's changed since Humanae Vitae?George Weigel

Throughout this academic year, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University is hosting a series of lectures, billed as the "first interdisciplinary" study to mark the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical ...

'Flock of Shepherds' celebrates 100 yearsFather Robert M. O'Grady

In 1992 Jesuit Father Thomas Reese dubbed the then 75 year old National Conference of Catholic Bishops "Flock of Shepherds" in a book of that title in which the Jesuit sociologist surveyed some of the ...