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Moral courage and the many cultures of deathGeorge Weigel

CRACOW. Thanks to the pandemic, it's been two years since I was last in Cracow, where, for three decades, I've done extensive research and taught great students while forming friendships with many remarkable ...

Racing Through Ordinary TimeLucia A. Silecchia

Recently -- when it was still July -- a friend sent me a text from the supermarket with a photo of a Halloween candy display in the aisle. I expected that the Halloween blitz would be coming soon. Yet, ...

Uprooting the weeds in our spiritual lifeElise Italiano Ureneck

I recently became a first-time homeowner. After renting for nearly three decades, I have immediately recognized the blessings of this status change. For starters, my husband and I have the opportunity ...

Catholics of northern Maine petition for a churchThomas Lester

In the papers of Bishop Benedict Fenwick is a petition from Catholics of the Madawaska Plantation, along the St. John River, which forms the border with Canada. The petition was the result of an April ...

George Mitrovich's man Hunter RenfroeDick Flavin

Last December, when the Red Sox signed free agent Hunter Renfroe to a modest $3.1 million dollar contract (if 3.1 million bucks can be deemed "modest," and in baseball terms that's just what it is), I ...

Attacking life and choiceRichard Doerflinger

Congress is heading for a collision on the Hyde amendment, and the stakes could not be higher. This amendment to bills appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named ...

The bishops, Donatism, and President BidenGeorge Weigel

In an article first posted at "Commonweal" and republished on July 7 in "La Croix International," Professor John Thiel of Fairfield University, while criticizing the U.S. bishops' decision to prepare ...

Liturgy warsRussell Shaw

Considering the circumstances, I probably should begin this with a personal statement: I am not an aficionado of the Old Mass, otherwise known as the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass. In fact, it's been ...

Appreciating the gift of the MassGreg Erlandson

Fresh from his 10-day stay in the hospital, Pope Francis dropped a Friday bombshell when he released his document, issued "Motu proprio," restoring, and in some cases adding to, the Church's restrictions ...

Doing the extraordinary in ordinary timesMichael Reardon

As the world returns to a new normal, it will be a challenge for all of us to learn from the extraordinary times through which we have lived. In many ways, the liturgical calendar is a model for how to ...