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The impact of a simple cardboard boxDebbie Rambo

Much of the work that we do at Catholic Charities is aimed at helping those in need within our own community. But struggles do not merely exist in Massachusetts, almost half the world -- over three billion ...

The Fra Angelico GuildThomas Lester

On Sept. 20, 1939, a group of 10 Catholic artists met at a studio located at 3 Joy Street in Boston, with the intention of forming an organization that would help spread knowledge of Christian art. They ...

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic identityGeorge Weigel

A few weeks before Ash Wednesday, an Associated Press squib with Lenten implications appeared in the Washington Post sports section: * YANKEES: New York's Class AA affiliate in Trenton, N.J., will change ...

Germain Grisez, an influential theologianRussell Shaw

"We are all students of Grisez now." The man who said that several years ago was a Catholic theologian not generally seen as being a disciple of Germain Grisez. He was simply acknowledging the influence ...

Racial healing and God's mercyGreg Erlandson

In 1961, there was a best-selling book called "Black Like Me." It was the story of a journalist named John Howard Griffin, who changed his skin color from white to black and traveled through the South ...

The forgotten AmericansRaymond Flynn

The past week, I spoke at four outstanding Catholic High Schools in Massachusetts about the importance of Catholic education, with parents, clergy and students. It was so good to hear many positive stories ...

Men without conviction, churches without peopleGeorge Weigel

Europe's wholesale abandonment of its Christian faith is often explained as the inevitable by-product of modern social, economic, and political life. But there is far more to the story of Euro-secularization ...

International religious liberty, an anti-terrorism toolRussell Shaw

Promoting international religious liberty is one of those things that America ought to be doing for its own sake, but doing it would also serve U.S. national security interests as an anti-terrorism tool. ...

Broadening the pro-life witnessGreg Erlandson

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor found himself on the headline side of a "man bites dog" story. The headline read: "Bishop will not attend March for Life in Little Rock." A bishop attending a pro-life rally: ...

The Catholic Church doesn't do 'paradigm shifts'George Weigel

Ever since Thomas Kuhn popularized it with his 1962 book, ''The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,'' the notion of a "paradigm shift" has led to fascinating arguments about whether this or that break ...