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Gun control: If not now, when?Debbie Rambo

A few short weeks ago a man named Stephen Paddock brought an arsenal of legally acquired firearms to his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas and began shooting concertgoers ...

Improving instruction and increasing learningKathy Mears

In 1936, a 19 year old woman began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She had 34 students in grades 1-8. In those days, students in the seventh and eighth grades were all required to take an end of the ...

Sox managers mainly unlovedClark Booth

What we have upon us hereabouts once again is another autumn of our discontent. Elsewhere the music of Baseball's Octoberfest plays on joyously. But here in Mudville, it has dissipated into a dirge. It's ...

Whose bourgeois morality?George Weigel

In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that "the Magisterium ...

Making and renewing vowsJohn Garvey

Last week a friend invited my wife and me to join her in celebrating the 50th anniversary of her perpetual vows. It was a simple but moving ceremony. There was a Mass with guests and members of her religious ...

Digitization progressingThomas Lester

It has been over one year since the Archdiocese of Boston entered into a partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to digitize our sacramental record collection. Since it began in ...

When is it a sin to make a referral?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it. By laying ...

One DayClark Booth

It was only one day but it ought to be enshrined in the annals of epic New England sporting festivals, or at least accorded a footnote. The day was Thursday, the seventh of October 2017, when in a gluttonous ...

The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25George Weigel

John Paul II called the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 to assess what had gone right and what had gone wrong in two decades of implementing the Second Vatican Council. In Vaticanese, it was styled "extraordinary" ...

Talking past each otherRussell Shaw

The challenge of finding language in which believers and non-believers can communicate is unintentionally illustrated in a bestselling new book which predicts that human beings will soon reinvent themselves ...