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Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Justice Samuel Alito

It might seem like a long journey from an an Italian household in Trenton, New Jersey to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. But it is one which Samuel A. Alito, Jr. has taken, and with great success. There were many stops along the way, of course. Those stops were quite varied, from studying along […]

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“Being’s self-gift to being:” James Matthew Wilson and the Encounter with Beauty

I walked in just a few minutes late to a lecture in a large classroom at Villanova University on the first full day of Spring. I had come to listen to a most interesting author I’ve come to know. James Matthew Wilson was doing something which seems to come effortlessly to him: educating others – […]

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Reflections on the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity

A friend of mine once told me about a priest she knew. Many times at Sunday Mass, after the homily, he would invite the faithful to recite the Creed in this way: “Do you dare stand and profess your faith with me?” That came to mind recently, because one of my favorite days of the […]

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Breaking: Justice Alito to Address Seminary Concursus, Receive Honorary Degree

Bishop Timothy Senior, Rector of St. Charles Seminary, announced the exciting news via e-mail to the Seminary Community: It is with great joy that I inform you  that the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has accepted an invitation to join us at Concursus this year. At […]

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Institutional Confidence and the Meaning of Holy Week

If Gallup Polls are to be believed, Americans are losing faith in the institutions which have made our country great for a long time. Only a couple of institutions – including, interestingly, the military and police – have been spared the precipitous drop in public confidence since the 1970s. Public schools – you know, the […]

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Cultures change, but fear of immigrants continues unabated

A friend the other day handed me a document called “Conozca Sus Derechos” (“Know Your Rights”). It was distributed recently in Hispanic parishes in a diocese not far from Philadelphia. The goal was to help immigrants understand their rights and to protect themselves from ICE officers and other officials, newly emboldened by recent instructions from […]

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