A forum of Catholic Thought

Our priests are there for us, let's be there for themSharon McNally

There is a strong tradition in Greater Boston of people coming together to affect change to help those in need. Camp Harbor View, a camp that serves 900 children from Boston's underserved neighborhoods, ...

Ah, if only I knewDick Flavin

"How did it all happen?" That was the question that German ex-Chancellor Prince von Bulow famously posed more than a century ago to his successor as Europe plunged into flames at the outset of World ...

We are prepared for whatever may comeThomas W. Carroll

''It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." For Catholic schools, the words of Charles Dickens ring true. In this case, the "worst of times" in the spring has been followed by the "best of ...

A man for strengthening othersGeorge Weigel

When the choirs of angels led Father Paul Mankowski, SJ, into the Father's house on September 3, I hope the seraphic choirmaster chose music appropriate to the occasion. Had I been asked, I would have ...

What comes after the pandemic?Greg Erlandson

While we are still in the midst of the worst pandemic of the past century, with almost 200,000 people dead in our country alone, Pope Francis is thinking about what comes next. What do we do the day after ...

Boston's 'University Parish'Violet Hurst

At the corner of St. Stephen and Gainsborough Streets in Boston's Fenway neighborhood stands a tan brick building with an ornamental red door. Now a performing arts center, the building was once known ...

Happy anniversary to Lizzie MurphyDick Flavin

Ninety-eight years ago, on August 14, 1922, the Red Sox played host in an exhibition game to a team of all-stars from the American League that was filled out by several players from around New England. ...

Religious freedom: bleached, blanched, and rinsed outGeorge Weigel

Father Richard John Neuhaus put two big ideas into play in American public life. The first was that the pro-life movement (of which Neuhaus was an intellectual leader) was the natural heir to the moral ...

The alarming rise of cultural Marxism in AmericaRussell Shaw

Some years ago, Lee Edwards, a veteran conservative writer and a friend of mine, launched an organization, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, dedicated to "commemorating the more than 100 million ...

You're meant to be an eagle, not a chicken: Reflection on baptismBishop Robert Barron

When I was doing full-time parish ministry, one of my favorite activities was performing baptisms. I put the word in the plural, for I hardly ever baptized one baby at a time, but usually ten or a dozen. ...