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Hold the BotoxJohn Garvey

I get my picture taken a lot. I'm not particularly photogenic, but as president of The Catholic University of America, people expect me to be in the frame for a lot of occasions, and it would be rude ...

Synchrony and culture John Garvey

Last month I paid a visit to Bar-Ilan University in Israel for a discussion about the role of faith in higher education. Bar-Ilan is distinctive among Israeli universities in its ambition to fuse a reverence ...

Be fruitful and multiplyJohn Garvey

Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a Gates Foundation event in New York, suggested that no well-educated woman would have a large family. "Present me the woman who decided, being ...

Prayers for the sick John Garvey

There is an old New Yorker cartoon that shows an angel bringing God a stack of petitions about wars, natural disasters and other calamities. God waves him off with a distracted, "Not now. I'm trying to ...

Hooray for our sideJohn Garvey

We began our football season Sept. 7 with a loss in double overtime to Kenyon College, the alma mater of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was a beautiful day for football. It would have been perfect, ...

Holy days of obligation John Garvey

We have just begun the four-and-a-half month span -- between the solemnities of the Assumption (Aug. 15) and Mary, mother of God (Jan. 1) -- into which all our holy days of obligation are now compressed. Canon ...

Summer at the lakeJohn Garvey

Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with the cap on, carbon ...

Jeremiah revisited John Garvey

Last month, California's Senate passed a bill (S.B. 360) that would require priests to report crimes of child abuse they hear in confession. It doesn't apply to all penitents -- only, roughly speaking, ...