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From the deathbed backwards

Mary Beth Bonacci is a syndicated columnist based in Denver and the author of We’re On a Mission From God and Real Love. In 1999, I was awarded an honorary Ph.D […]

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A letter from purgatory

Mary Beth Bonacci is a syndicated columnist based in Denver and the author of We’re On a Mission From God and True Love. A gentleman named Harmon Hallett, the father […]

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Scorsese’s Silence and the seaside martyrs

I have long been an ardent fan of Martin Scorsese’s films. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Last Waltz, Casino, etc. are among the […]

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Lessons from an era of confusion

In the introduction to Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni warns readers that his book will be most easily understood by […]

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New Year’s wishes for some Catholic brethren

2017 promises to be a challenging year for the Catholic Church. Thus some new year’s wishes: I wish Catholic progressives a calmer 2017 than they managed in 2016. The last […]

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A “merciless assault on human dignity”

The archbishop of Toronto is given to deprecating himself as “just a simple country cardinal.” In my experience, though, Cardinal Thomas Collins is one of the premier leaders of the […]

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Don’t put scratchy toilet paper in the guest bathroom

Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson is the author of “God Loves You, Chester Blue” and other books. You can reach her at Suzanne@suzanneelizabeths.com or facebook.com/suzanneelizabeths. First impressions make all the difference. Over […]

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Adoration is like Christmas every day of the year

I had a conversation recently that went in a direction I didn’t expect. It was with a business executive who wasn’t Catholic and had little apparent interest in the Catholic […]

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How we answered Christ’s knock in 2016

“The Word who found a dwelling in Mary’s womb comes to knock on the heart of every person” at Christmas, Pope St. John Paul II said. Jesus is the Father’s […]

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An afternoon in Bethlehem

Bethlehem is a word that is often repeated at Christmas time. “And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David […]

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Christmas and the divine proximity

In October 2001 I had a long conversation with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It was but weeks after 9/11; a new century and millennium were opening before us; and I wanted […]

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The Persecution of Professor Esolen

(Image courtesy of Province of Saint Joseph via Flickr) Professor Anthony Esolen is a bright jewel in the crown of Catholic higher education in the United States, a scholar whose […]