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Family separation at the bordersDebbie Rambo

We have all seen the heart-wrenching videos of children crying for their parents, or worse yet, being held in cages in detention centers at the U.S. border. Today, we are paying particular attention to ...

Shortchanging Catholic school students on special education servicesRaymond Flynn and Father Tom Olson

As if it's not bad enough that the Massachusetts Constitution still includes amendments rooted in the anti-Catholic bigotry of the 19th century, we now learn that the state Department of Elementary and ...

Diamond vs. gridironDick Flavin

We are all wired differently. No two of us are exactly the same. We might have many things in common but there are other things that separate us, that give us our own identity. My brother, Jim, and I, ...

What are judges for?Richard Doerflinger

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. In ...

Reception of 'Humanae Vitae'Russell Shaw

In the half-century since Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming that contraception is always wrong, opponents of the teaching have frequently focused on "reception" and "sensus ...

A caveat on the great Tom WolfeGeorge Weigel

When the great Tom Wolfe died on May 14 -- he of the white suits, the spats, and the prose style as exuberant as his wardrobe -- I, like millions of others, remembered the many moments of pleasure I had ...

Getting out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral PrioritiesBishop Robert Barron

For the past several days, I've been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O'Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our "Pivotal Players" series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New ...

Celebrating our technicolor gloryGreg Erlandson

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices ...

France vs. Croatia: A Catholic World Cup breakdownJD Flynn

Denver, Colo., Jul 12, 2018 CNA.- On Sunday, France and Croatia will square off on the soccer pitch for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship. While most U.S. Catholics are only casual soccer fans, many ...

A pastor in fullGeorge Weigel

Almost a quarter-century ago, Father Jay Scott Newman, back in Rome to finish a graduate degree after his priestly ordination in Charleston, took me on an extended ramble around the Eternal City: my first ...