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Fri

28

Jun

2019

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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Wed

01

May

2019

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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Mon

22

Apr

2019

Boston Cathedral Reopens to Public

Séan Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., preaches in the newly renovated Cathedral on Tuesday of Holy Week. (OLIVIA COLOMBO | THE TORCH)
Séan Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., preaches in the newly renovated Cathedral on Tuesday of Holy Week. (OLIVIA COLOMBO | THE TORCH)

by Olivia Colombo

 

On April 11, for Palm Sunday Mass, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston opened to the public for the first time after two years of renovation. The site is the seat of the cardinal archbishop of Boston and the largest cathedral in New England, and has undergone major upgrades, most notably to the flooring, pews, and sanctuary. With a budget of $26 million provided by private philanthropy, the renovation benefits not only the worship space for the “mother church” of Boston, but also its many ministries, which aid the homeless, hungry, and sick in the area. 

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, Sparks Conversation at BC

Photo: Olivia Colombo / The Torch
Photo: Olivia Colombo / The Torch

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Tuesday, March 19, Kristan Hawkins, the president of the pro-life organization Students for Life of America, gave a sold-out talk at BC, sponsored by the BC Pro-Life Club. The talk, entitled “Lies Feminists Tell,” gathered students from both sides of the abortion issue for a night of dialogue and debate.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Cardinal O’Malley Launches Abuse Hotline

by Mary Rose Corkery

 

Recent findings in the Catholic Church’s clerical abuse investigation have shaken many of the faithful, and the Archdiocese of Boston’s Seán Cardinal O’Malley has made efforts to avoid complacency on the subject. Boston’s involvement in the crisis over the past two decades leads many to look to Cardinal O’Malley for a plan that can renew a sense of safety and trust in the Church.

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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Theatre and Theology: Performing the Passion

Crucifixion from the Passion Play at Oberammergau
Crucifixion from the Passion Play at Oberammergau

by Adriana Watkins

 

This time next year, in the spring of 2020, many men in the German village of Oberammergau will be in desperate need of a visit to the barber-shop. Their long hair and beards are, indeed, part of a fashion trend—one established over 400 years ago, when Oberammergau first began staging its famous Passion Play. The performance, which has occurred every 10 years since the 17th century, is the town’s lasting legacy of gratitude to God—and it’s part of a greater history of honoring the Easter mysteries with theatre.

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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Pilgrim’s Progress: St. Francis Chapel

by Justin Schnebelen

 

Pilgrim's Progress is a new feature highlighting sites of interest for Catholics in the Boston Area.

 

Long before Pope Francis urged Catholics to engage and serve the “peripheries” of society, the late Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, took a very similar sentiment to heart. For one must travel to the heart of Boston to stumble upon the gloriously humble nook where the St. Francis Chapel is lodged. Flanked by Ben & Jerry’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, one could have trouble identifying the space as a likely home for the Church. But that’s exactly how it was intended to be: “the heart of Christ in the heart of Boston.” The church is immersed in the bustle of daily life, where convention attendees, lawyers, baristas, and priests share a common space.

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Sun

24

Feb

2019

Upcoming “Sing It to the Heights” Will Benefit St. Columbkille School

Tickets for the event will benefit the St. Columbkille Partnership School, students of which are pictured here with Fr. Leahy
Tickets for the event will benefit the St. Columbkille Partnership School, students of which are pictured here with Fr. Leahy

by Adriana Watkins

 

For the last 15 years, Boston College students have faced off in a friendly singing competition, staged—literally—by the members of the Emerging Leader Program (ELP). All proceeds from “Sing It to the Heights,” which will take place this Thursday, will be donated to the musical arts program at Boston’s St. Columbkille Partnership School. Last year’s competition raised approximately $4,000, and as the day of the competition approaches, organizers and contestants alike are hoping for an even stronger turnout this week.

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Tue

19

Feb

2019

BC Video Premiere Explores Jean Vanier’s L’Arche Mission

by Adriana Watkins

 

Despite the hundreds of miles between Boston and Trosly-Breuil, France, philanthropist Jean Vanier was able to address a Boston College audience on February 13 through prerecorded interview. The audience gathered to hear Vanier speak about his mission in founding L’Arche, a network of homes for the intellectually disabled. The BC-exclusive debut of the video was sponsored by The Church in the 21st Center, which will release the content online during Lent.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

New York and Massachusetts Legislation to Expand Access to Abortion

Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State House

by Justin Schnebelen

 

On the 46th anniversary of the watershed Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which declared access to abortion a fundamental women’s right, New York and Massachusetts brought forward legislation which expands abortion access and confidentiality.

 

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, which expands pre-existing abortion access to 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, wholly unrestricted. The bill also extends the window for abortions in circumstances where there is an “absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” The language in the bill mimics that of legislature in states like Massachusetts, which also allows abortion up to 24 weeks. By that stage of pregnancy, an unborn child is usually viable outside the womb.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Thea Bowman Center’s Namesake En Route to Sainthood

by Mary Rose Corkery

 

Every Boston College student is aware of the long line of colonial-style houses lining College Road, but few know the extent of what these welcoming offices have to offer. One house in particularnumber 72  is named after a candidate for sainthood, and was home to a center named in honor of the same candidate (the center itself has moved to Maloney Hall)

 

This candidate is Sister Thea Bowman of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Known as a groundbreakingly influential African American Catholic, she began her life full of service to God in Mississippi. Born in 1937, young Thea loved to observe and listen to members of her community who “exposed [her] to the richness of African American culture and spirituality, most especially the history, stories, songs, prayers, customs and traditions.” Through the example of her role models, Thea developed a soul-defining belief in God and His ability to guide the poor and oppressed.

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

“Peace on Earth to People of Goodwill:” The Experience of Faith and the Joy of Christmas

by Tabi Arrey

 

I love the holiday season: the music, the pomp, the cheer, the new Hallmark movies, and even the sweaters and the eggnog. The holiday season might be as cold as anything can be, but hearts are warm as people celebrate one another in ways that are special and particular. We are reminded of the things that matter the most to us; we think of our friends and family, of the people who have influenced our lives in one way or another, of that rather short and obscure action of solicitude and concern that make life worth living. As these memories overload our collective imagination, we see in them the necessity to give back, to give thanks. 

 

We buy and exchange gifts, we go to concerts, and we reorganize our playlists to feature holiday hits, for ‘tis the season to be jolly as the old carol suggests. I love the holiday season, but even more particularly, I love the Christmas Season.

 

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

Consecrations to Mary on the Rise Throughout U.S.

by Mary Rose Corkery

 

The Church has confirmed that in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal, and revealed her divine wishes and promises to three local shepherd children. Among other messages, Mary announced, “God wishes to establish devotion in the word to my Immaculate Heart.” Many Americans are paying renewed attention to these instructions, as a number of dioceses throughout the nation are being consecrated to the Blessed Mother.

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

A Thank-You to Our Chief

by The Editorial Board and Staff

 

The staff of The Torch would like to express its deep gratitude to its Editor-in-Chief, Gjergji Evangjeli, for all of his hard work. He is preparing to move on to greater things, but we would be remiss to let him go without reminding him of our appreciation. Gjergji has been with The Torch since its earliest days, contributing dozens of articles, working as the World News editor, and taking the reins as Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief. Journalism can be a bumpy field—especially for new publications—and with Gjergji’s guidance, The Torch has forged ahead.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

US Bishops Meet to Address Abuse Crisis; Vatican Delays Vote on New Guidelines

Bishops of the US gather for their annual fall meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (RNS/AP/Patrick Semansky)
Bishops of the US gather for their annual fall meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (RNS/AP/Patrick Semansky)

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual General Assembly on November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. In an October 30 press release, they announced their expectations for the Assembly discussion, and anticipated a vote on “a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” They said they would also vote on the Pastoral Letter Against Racism (a report after the recent Synod on Youth) as well as the cause for canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

A Grave, Public, and Manifest Scandal

by Christian Rodriguez

 

“Things are a lot better now! No one has been abused in 20 years!” Hearing these words come out of the mouth of a priest right before the final blessing, you can only imagine my utter shock and sheer rage.

 

I was visiting the Catholic community of another university in the area when I heard this. Citing recent listening sessions about the Church’s sex abuse scandal and cover up, that community’s campus minister announced that she had printed out a recent article to share. The priest appeared upset about this and began a rant about how the news is not to be believed, that Cardinal Sean O’Malley had given him assurances that abuse has not happened, and that a priest friend of his has been accused then cleared of the allegation.

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