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The gift of givingDebbie Rambo

While many of us are able to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, not everyone in our community is so fortunate. Those living on the margins need our support so that they might be able to make ...

The 'bitter pill' of false liberationFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, ...

Hall of Fame politicsClark Booth

Baseball has two more "immortals." Hurrah! Neither of them is named Marvin Miller. Boo! Somehow they've done it again. They've managed with the customary and clever corporate gymnastics to again insult ...

A novel solution to an old problemThomas Birmingham

We are all shaped by our own experiences. When it comes to education, I spent nine years in Chelsea public schools, followed by high school at Austin Prep, an Augustinian Catholic school north of Boston. ...

Books for ChristmasGeorge Weigel

It's been a good year for publishing -- at least in the sense of a lot of good books getting published -- so here are some for the readers on your Christmas gift list (in addition, of course, to Lessons ...

The choice of Bishop Cheverus' successorThomas Lester

The Diocese of Boston's first bishop, Bishop Jean Cheverus, departed for his native France in the autumn of 1823. When he did so, he left the diocese uncertain whether or not he would return, and his ...

Hoping rather than worrying during AdventDwight G. Duncan

We are now in the blessed season of Advent, when we wait eagerly to receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts on Christmas, as he was born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, and will come ...

Hot Stove timeClark Booth

The heat is arising on the Hot Stove! With the countdown to the Winter Meetings underway, Baseball's winter season formally launches. For the game's charter member nerds who groove on its byzantine inner-workings ...

A meditation on "Maranatha"George Weigel

Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent. "The holidays" so overwhelm our senses each December that it's hard ...

Post-truth cultureRussell Shaw

Has America become home to a post-truth culture? I ran into that phrase--"post-truth culture"--casually applied to the United States, in something I was reading, and it brought me up short. Have things ...