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Kudzu Catholics: A Thriving Southern Diocese

by Adriana Watkins


In her novel Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather tells the story of a fictional 19th-century missionary sent to New Mexico—an expansive, under-served, and rather dangerous diocese. Despite the many obstacles to his work, Fr. Latour nourishes the impossible dream of one day building a cathedral. 


His companion exclaims, “Time brings many things to pass, certainly. I had no idea you were taking all this so much to heart.”


Fr. Latour laughs and replies, “Is a cathedral something to be taken lightly, after all?” 

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An Interview with Archbishop Timothy Broglio, BC '73

Archbishop Broglio leading evening prayer onboard the USS Iwo Jima.
Archbishop Broglio leading evening prayer onboard the USS Iwo Jima.

by David O'Neill


On April 17, The Torch had the honor of corresponding with the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services. A Boston College alumnus himself, the Archbishop now leads the most geographically diverse American Catholic diocese; his flock extends across several continents, and his ministry requires extensive travel to reach them. This month, he spoke to The Torch about his undergraduate experience at BC, his challenges and blessings as a bishop, and his hopes for young Catholics.

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Abortion Legislation Sweeps Nation

Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion protestors outside of the U.S. Supreme Court
Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion protestors outside of the U.S. Supreme Court

by Patrick Stallwood


As the the nation continues debating the legality of abortion, new laws are being passed and bills are being proposed in several states. This activity has prompted an update for the abortion legislation article published in May. Here are some of the further developments.



On May 16, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act into law. The most restrictive abortion law in the United States, it fully bans abortion and punishes participating physicians with a murder charge. The language of the law defines the beginning of human life as conception, with the unborn child having individual rights. The only exceptions are for health risks to the child’s mother, as in the case of ectopic pregnancies.


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