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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 ...

The hollow manGreg Erlandson

What savagery lies in the breast of man? Two recent television epics ask us to contemplate this question. The first is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's magnificent documentary, "The Vietnam War." The ...

The 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the SunThomas Lester

On May 13, 1917, the feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, three shepherd children lead their flock to the fields and, after lunch, began praying the Rosary together. Shortly afterward, Lucia dos ...

Post-season handicapClark Booth

And so here we go again! After six grueling months, plus a couple more for tune-ups, with a total expenditure for performers alone exceeding five BILLION bucks, featuring roughly 6,000 homers and over ...

An education for kindnessCarolyn Woo

Like many, I enjoyed watching the video clips of Prince George starting school. I am taken, though, with the choice of school by his parents, one that departs from prior royal practices and entails a ...

Fencing with bigotsGeorge Weigel

...being an imaginary dialogue between a nominee to a Federal appeals court and members of the Committee on the Judiciary of what once imagined itself "the world's greatest deliberative body"... Senator ...