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'Today' is the day

It is the age between our Lord's first coming and his last. We live in the new world begun by his life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension, by the sending of his Spirit upon the Church. But we await the ...



Why I stayed at Catholic Charities for over 40 yearsDebbie Rambo

As my time serving as president of Catholic Charities comes to an end, I have reflected a lot about the 40-plus years I have been with the organization. I've thought about the early years and why I became ...

The Mookie dilemmaDick Flavin

The hoopla of the World Series is over and the long parade of baseball games has come to and end, leaving Red Sox Nation to hunker down for the long, cold winter thinking about the unthinkable: when the ...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Dismissed and dissed?Effie Caldarola

Dorothy Day supposedly uttered that famous phrase, "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily." Day, of course, now has her own cause for sainthood. And she was deeply devoted to ...

Bishop Irwin: 'A giant of a man in so many ways'Dr. Joseph Doolin

That is what Sister Zita M. Fleming, CSJ, said just after the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Raphael's in Medford. Full disclosure: The Most Reverend Francis X. Irwin recruited the both of us into service ...

Adoption by single parent?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I desperately want a child. I am not married and have had cancer twice. I take chemo for five days, then I'm off for 23 days, and the cycle is continuous. I will not be able to have my own children ...

The 'synodality' masqueradeGeorge Weigel

During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who'd suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: "Jesus ...

The light at the tunnel's end is still far awayGreg Erlandson

It has been a rough 18 months for the U.S. bishops. Much as they would like it to be over, some observers, including a fellow bishop, think they still have a long way to go. The cascade of bad news started ...

Attorney General Barr and the need to fight for religious freedom and valuesFather Roger Landry

On October 11, Attorney General William Barr gave an impassioned speech to the students and faculty of Notre Dame Law School as well as to Notre Dames' Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture on the state ...