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Beyond AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Why we should care about the beloved AmazonGreg Erlandson

Pope Francis can be stubborn. If Americans are unlikely to care about Ukraine, as our secretary of state reportedly suggested recently, what is the likelihood American Catholics will care about the Amazon? I ...

Archbishop Cheverus writes to a friend in BostonThomas Lester

On Feb. 19, 1835, Archbishop Jean Cheverus of Bordeaux wrote to Bryant P. Tilden of Boston, revealing his thoughts on the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, his present condition as Archbishop ...

The pride of the jury boxDick Flavin

Do you remember Tommy Holmes? If you're an old-timer, you might, but even if you do, it's probably been years since you've even thought of his name. Tommy was one of the most popular baseball players ...

Flannery O'Connor and friends, revisitedGeorge Weigel

Her fiction may occasionally get the chop in politically correct 21st-century American high schools. But as Benjamin Alexander writes in the preface to a new collection of her letters, Flannery O'Connor's ...

Goodbye to Roe?Russell Shaw

"Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon." That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor general of Indiana -- one of 20 states joining in an amicus ...

The Ratzingerian constants and the maintenance of harmony in the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

Some years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy -- namely, the priest, the rite, and the people. When these elements ...

Christian girls and abortionFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When Mother Teresa visited New Bedford in June 1995, she told those of us gathered at St. Lawrence Martyr Church: "Abortion is the greatest evil of today." Never one to mince words, Mother Teresa's courage, ...

On shooting the messengerDick Flavin

I am a big Pedro Martinez fan. Huge. Two decades ago, when he was at the top of his game, on the nights he pitched, I, along with just about everyone else in New England who cares about baseball, made ...

The background of the Little Sisters' faithful practice of their religionDwight G. Duncan

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it had agreed to review a decision of a federal appeals court in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania that overturned a Trump-era exemption for ...