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Lots of good news about Catholic schools in the archdioceseKathy Mears

In a few weeks, thousands of parents in the Archdiocese of Boston will choose to send their children to Catholic schools. They choose our schools for a variety of reasons. Parents find our schools to ...

The Panic of 1837Thomas Lester

On Aug. 29, 1837, Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick of Boston wrote a report to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome, describing the present state of the Diocese of Boston which then encompassed ...

The 'Expendable Children'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are "too pregnant" when ...

Late summer musingsClark Booth

Rounding the bases -- long the occasional custom here -- while wondering if the Patriots sloppy exhibition kick-off against the eternally pathetic Jaguars officially ends talk of "perfection" this season. ...

Persevering in prayerGreg Erlandson

The daughter of a good friend of mine died this week of a drug overdose. I had been praying for her for at least two years. I keep a list of people I pray for. I always hated the idea of saying, "You ...

Motown and the turbocharged ChurchGeorge Weigel

Detroit hasn't gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it's struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But the Church in Detroit is not ...

'ABCs of the Christian Life'Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I've never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can't get enough of GKC. I can. Not that I haven't ...

Taking the dog for a walkJohn Garvey

We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children. She came when she was called and would lie respectfully ...

A population implosion?Richard Doerflinger

Remember when everybody worried about a "population explosion" filling the world with too many people? In the 1970s, this fear drove campaigns to legalize abortion and pour billions of dollars into birth ...

Grinding baseball wheelsClark Booth

Although its prominence has been irrefutable for at least 40 years now, the mid-season, non-waiver, dump 'em while you can still get something for 'em, trade deadline has never generated more sheer noise ...