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  • February 22, 2016
    The End of Catholic Education?

    Re “Our Reason for Being,” by Michael Naughton, Don Briel and Kenneth E. Goodpaster (2/1): American Catholic higher education is alive and well despite decades of criticism by popes, bishops, a handful of faculty and lay Catholics convinced that Catholic colleges and universities have sold their souls for academic respectability. I have tremendous...

  • February 15, 2016
    The Greatest Profession

    Re “Teacher, Heal Thyself,” by Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. (1/18): Father Schroth has captured the nuts and bolts of the teaching vocation and the spirit of its mission. As I read his words, I was reminded of William Watters, S.J., the founder of St. Ignatius Prep in Baltimore. As with many Jesuits, he shared first and foremost a passion for people and...

  • February 8, 2016
    Moral Maturity

    I think Bill McGarvey is being generous in “Credo...” (1/18), when he says the faith of many has not been thoughtfully engaged since their early teen years; I am not even sure how engaged it was in those years.

    I have found the writings of Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., very illuminating. He uses language concerning the “deep moral structure to the...

  • February 1, 2016
    Middle Class 2.0

    Re “Defending the Middle Class” (Editorial, 1/4): The primary issue with reversing the shrinking of the middle class is job quality. The service economy has proven to be incapable of supporting middle-class incomes. High school-level microeconomics explains why: Service businesses do not generate enough gross margin to support middle-class employee wages...

  • January 18-25, 2016
    Armchair Skeptics

    Re “Paris Climate Check” (Current Comment, 12/21): To those who are still “skeptical” about the cause and effect of climate change, I have a simple question: If this is indeed a hoax and an inflated claim created by the liberal tree-huggers who want to prevent “poor” people from ever escaping poverty, then what is the reason that countries like China, India and Russia, who are still poor...

  • January 4-11, 2016
    Unrestricted Mercy

    In “Proclaim the Jubilee” (12/7), Marc Tumeinski says the Jubilee Year of Mercy should be a time to experience the sacramental expressions of mercy in the Mass and reconciliation. The coming year may be a graced opportunity to experience all three forms of the sacrament of reconciliation, including the third form of general absolution. Unfortunately, the...

  • December 21-28, 2015
    A Better Debate

    In “An Election Out of Focus,” by John Carr (11/30), the author decries the failure of the presidential candidates in either party to focus on creating opportunity for those out of work, underemployed and living in poverty. As such, this is just another in the ceaseless “a pox on both their houses” complaints in the media that feeds voter cynicism and...

  • December 7-14, 2015
    Out of the Spotlight

    Re “ The Big Dig ,” by Maurice Timothy Reidy (11/16): As a priest and native of Boston who happened to be visiting family there when The Boston Globe began its “Spotlight” coverage, I am not sure I will be watching this movie. I hope I am wrong, but I am willing to wager that it will not include the material that makes it clear that upwards of 90 percent of all...

  • November 30, 2015
    Puerto Rico’s Problems

    Re “ Help for Puerto Rico ,” (Current Comment, 11/9): The government solution to Puerto Rico’s problems in the 1950s was to provide generous tax incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture on the island. But government incentives can be capricious, and they very frequently come to an unhappy end. Wait until they stop paying investment...

  • November 23, 2015
    Model of Discourse

    Re “ Keep It Civil ,” by Bryan Vincent (11/2): I welcome Bryan Vincent’s thoughtful analysis of the current trends in American civic discourse. With a few reservations, I find he presents a sensible way of convincing our fellow citizens of the correctness and appropriateness of our various pro-life positions. I do find it ironic, however, that within our churches...