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Developments on Beacon HillDebbie Rambo

We here at Catholic Charities work hand-in-hand with some of our most impoverished neighbors. Doing so often leads us to keep an eye on important legislation and its impact on the people we serve. One ...

Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questionsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her fertility ...

Roe v. Wade Derangement SyndromeGeorge Weigel

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it has become the case ...

Synod of the Amazon and married priestsRussell Shaw

The news that Pope Francis has set in motion the planning for a synod of bishops of the Amazon region next year may not strike most U.S. Catholics as a matter of great interest. But hold on--there's a ...

'The Dream of Gerontius', a courageous, Catholic musical workBenjamin Zander

In the year 1900 Edward Elgar composed one of the greatest, and also one of the most courageous pieces of music ever envisioned by an English composer. The title is "The Dream of Gerontius", an evening-length ...

The quest for a pastor in Augusta, MaineThomas Lester

On April 18, 1838, James D. Fisher wrote to Martin Carroll from Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta, Maine, describing the effect of the local Catholic Church upon the Irish laborers there. Fisher reveals in ...

The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the YearBishop Robert Barron

I went to see A Quiet Place, John Krasinski's new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. How wonderful when a ...

Planned Parenthood's abortion fixationRichard Doerflinger

Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called "Make Trouble." During her decade-long leadership, ...

A pro-life opportunityGreg Erlandson

''Pro-life includes sensible gun control." It was one among a forest of signs at the recent "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., that attracted hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, but it caught ...

Air turbulence and the ResurrectionGeorge Weigel

If there's anything Catholics in the United States should have learned over the past two decades, it's that order -- in the world, the Republic, and the Church -- is a fragile thing. And by "order," I ...