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Don Rodman's legacy of generosity

At the end of August, we lost a long-time member of our family at Catholic Charities. Don Rodman -- auto-dealer extraordinaire, generous philanthropist, and first ever Catholic Charities Board Member ...



Prudent StewardsScott Hahn

The steward in today's Gospel confronts the reality that he can't go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment. He must give account for what he has done. The exploiters of the poor in today's ...

The founding of Emmanuel CollegeThomas Lester

This month, Emmanuel College in Boston celebrates its 100th anniversary. It was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur -- whose history this column has discussed previously -- but warrant our attention ...

Embracing Laudato Si'

Following is the text of the statement on climate change and the environment issued by the bishops of the four dioceses of Massachusetts, Sept. 16, 2019. "St. Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites ...

The demise of Dave DombrowksiDick Flavin

When Dave Dombrowski was brought on to head up baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, he was hired to win "now" -- and he did. His problem was that "now" doesn't have a very long shelf-life; it soon ...

What is to be learned when going to college?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

College, like history, is a most humbling and humanizing of events. Those who attend to both will never be the same. At best, we can leave ourselves behind and study someone or someplace else. As grand ...

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfacesGreg Erlandson

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy. The effigy was crafted to resemble a stereotype of an Orthodox ...

Hooray for our sideJohn Garvey

We began our football season Sept. 7 with a loss in double overtime to Kenyon College, the alma mater of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was a beautiful day for football. It would have been perfect, ...

Ironies in the fireGeorge Weigel

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition -- in which, Rossi memorably observed, "there are many ...