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The Wall Street Journal's commentator for Catholic affairs, Francis X. Rocca, penned a disturbing essay last week entitled "Why the Catholic Church is Losing Latin America." Within a few months, he reports, ...



The Boston Catholic Observer launched 175 years agoThomas Lester

On Jan. 16, 1847, exactly 175 years ago next week, the first issue of the Boston Catholic Observer appeared in print, intended to serve as the official voice of the Diocese of Boston. The Pilot was initially ...

Eugenics, forced sterilization, and protecting the mentally challengedFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past century. In 1907, Indiana legalized forced sterilizations ...

In the weddingScott Hahn

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of "epiphanies." The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, ...

The sad tale of Steve DalkowskiDick Flavin

Back in the days when I was freshly out of college and trying to figure what to do with my life, my fascination with baseball flagged somewhat, if only temporarily. The Red Sox stunk and had for some ...

2022: A Banner Year for The Pontifical Mission Societies!Maureen Crowley Heil

People tend to chuckle when I tell them that my boss is Pope Francis. I point out that because the word "Pontifical" is in our title, we do indeed belong to the Holy Father. Our work allows him to broadly ...

Bridging divides shoulder to shoulderGreg Erlandson

The anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot that humiliated Congress and horrified a good portion of our nation has gone more or less as one might have predicted during these divided times. The two political ...

Who invented the individual?George Weigel

A common misconception holds that early "modernity" invented the "individual": the idea that everyone is a someone with a unique identity independent of family, tribe, racial group, or nation. And from ...

'Strange Rites' and the promise of natural religionBishop Robert Barron

Along with many other cultural commentators, I have been tracing for the past many years the phenomenon of religious disaffiliation, the sobering fact that armies of people, especially the young, are ...