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Countering Catholic misinformation about vaccinesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A priest recently mentioned to me that he was not planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He told me he was concerned that RNA vaccines could alter our DNA and he heard there were also risks to fertility. I ...

Ted's inside-the-park homerDick Flavin

As we dive into the 2021 baseball season with high hopes and unknown expectations, it is worthwhile to take note of what happened 75 years ago, for this is the anniversary of one of the best teams in ...

Should suffering shake our faith?Bishop Robert Barron

Premier Christian Radio in the UK just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings -- namely, that 67 percent ...

God's harsh and dreadful loveGeorge Weigel

The Paschal Triduum this year seemed like a return from exile: Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, in church; Good Friday's Commemoration of the Lord's Passion, in church; Saturday evening's ...

Father Cheverus writes a Catholic in MaineThomas Lester

On April 17, 1801, Father Jean Cheverus of Boston wrote to one of his flock residing in Maine. His letter was in reply to one received dated March 30. It was delivered by a Captain Ewell who was now ready ...

The unkindest cutDick Flavin

Talk about rubbing salt on an open wound! Some guy from Los Angeles has rented a billboard right across the street from Fenway Park that says, "Dear Boston, thanks for Mookie Betts." The perpetrator ...

Light from the EastGeorge Weigel

Ten years ago, last month, the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church took a striking decision: it elected its youngest member, 40-year old Bishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, as leader of the largest of ...

Three philosophersRussell Shaw

Intellectual confusion resembling a smog of the mind has been a deadening presence in Catholicism in the years since Vatican Council II. But here and there amid the swirling mists of bad arguments and ...

The new-look Red SoxDick Flavin

Once April begins, the baseball games all count and the pressure gets turned on. That's especially true this year at Fenway Park. None of us knows what to expect from this season's edition of the Red ...

Confusions about blessingsRichard Doerflinger

''The Catholic Church has dealt a blow to LGBTQ worshippers hoping for a more liberal, progressive Church." So says NBC News about a recent statement by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of ...