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A Young Sean O’Malley Spoke Out Against Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis I) and Cardinal Sean O’Malley in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2010. Photo via The Pilot,   Last week, after […]

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley Is Not Your Next Pope

(Photo via The Pilot/George Martell) White smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney Wednesday, the second day of the papal conclave, after which the Vatican announced that […]

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Papal Buzz Continues to Surround Cardinal Sean O’Malley

(Photo via The Pilot/George Martell) While the idea of an American pope was considered a long shot when Pope Benedict announced his resignation in February—some […]

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Scott Lively: The Crusader

After an incendiary 2009 visit to Uganda during which he urged leaders to fight the “gay agenda,” Scott Lively is now being sued for persecution—a crime against humanity. So what’s next for the Springfield pastor? He’s exploring a run for governor, of course.

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Papal Prospects Are Rising

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley ordaining a new priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. Photo by Gregory L. Tracy John L. Allen Jr. of the National Catholic Reporter […]

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Legacy Will Help Determine His Successor

Image Credit: Andre Ballensiefen via Flickr Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign has arguably become the single most discussed act of his pontificate. Although permitted by Canon […]

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What the New Pope Can Learn from the Boston Archdiocese

(Photo by Matt Kalinowski, from Resurrection) Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world today with his announcement that he will resign at the end of February, […]

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Boy Scouts Consider Opening Their Troops to Gays

The Boy Scouts of American (BSA) is considering lifting a ban on gay troop leaders and scouts as early as next week. Bowing to pressure […]

Losing Our Religion

Many adults are leaving religion behind. But as they become parents, they’re confronting an uneasy question: What about the kids?

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Overhauling the Archdiocese of Boston

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley ordaining Eric Cadin as a new priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. (Photo by Gregory L. Tracy) Last week, Cardinal Seán […]

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Rogue Priests Are No Match for YouTube

Learning to become a Catholic priest, unsurprisingly, takes a long time—you have 2,000 years of history to cover, not to mention philosophy, theology, and a […]

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Becoming a Priest at an Unpopular Time

Eric Cadin decided to become a priest at the height of the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal. (Photo by Matt Kalinowski) When I first started reporting […]

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Resurrection: The Archdiocese of Boston Rebuilds

A painful decade after a clergy sex abuse scandal, the Archdiocese of Boston has begun to rebuild. But a stubborn question remains: What kind of man wants to become a priest?

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Wisconsin Shooting Rattles Area Sikh Community

After seven people were shot and killed at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee, members of the New England Sikh Study Circle in Milford feel that […]

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South Boston Priest Arrested for Child Pornography

The Rev. Andrew J. Urbaniak, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in South Boston, was arrested yesterday after pornographic images of children were allegedly […]