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Not so fastJohn Garvey

I probably shouldn't admit this in front of my grandchildren, but I am a fan of McDonald's fish sandwiches. When I was a young lawyer in San Francisco, my firm's office was right across Market Street ...

Jim Crow and the Klansman John Garvey

By now I think almost everyone has seen the photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook -- a man in blackface standing next to a hooded Klansman. The figure on the left in the picture might have stepped ...

One man's meatJohn Garvey

One of our girls gave me a book for Christmas, "One Man's Meat," by E.B. White. We agreed to start a little book club, just the two of us -- coffee once a month to talk about it. The book is a collection ...

Holy mother church John Garvey

I've been having some trouble lately with the Nicene Creed. The First Council of Constantinople in 381 added the sentence, "I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." It's the holy part, ...

Say an Ave there for meJohn Garvey

The vote in Ireland in the spring to take away constitutional protection for the unborn came as an unhappy surprise to Irish Catholics in the United States. It was a piece of news we didn't want to hear ...

The rush to publish John Garvey

I wonder if I am alone in worrying about a side effect of our two most recent public discussions of sexual abuse. I mean of course the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the latest abuse scandal ...

Praying with childrenJohn Garvey

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the church faces ...

One, holy, catholic John Garvey

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold. Abortion and sterilization are commonplace. ...