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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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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Conversations in Contentious Times

by Marina McCoy

 

Marina McCoy is Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializing in ancient philosophy and literature with a particular emphasis on Plato, the sophists, and rhetoric. Her most recent book, Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy (Oxford) was published in October 2013.

 

We live in politically contentious times. On the one hand, our society seems to be moving toward an increased insularity where we surround ourselves with like-minded people. On the other hand, we see in the news instances where words are combative, or physical violence takes the place of words. Thinkers within the Catholic tradition, however, provide us with some useful alternative way of proceeding, ones that neither wall us off from one another, nor insist on speech that only dominates agonistically.

 

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Sat

20

Oct

2018

Overcoming Challenges for Youth and Bishops: An Interview with Archbishop Chaput

by The Torch Staff

 

Catholic Bishops from around the world convened beginning on Oct. 3 for the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. One of the 6 bishops representing the United States is The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On October 20th, Archbishop Chaput corresponded with The Torch to share his thoughts on the Synod so far.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

McCarrick Scandal Comes to Light; Church Leaders Implicated

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

This summer, news that Theodore McCarrick was a long-time sexual predator broke, prompting his resignation from the College of Cardinals. The reports of abuse include massaging seminarians, sharing beds with young priests, and abusing young boys. McCarrick would often invite small groups of seminaries over for drinks, and then assign the seminarians sleeping arrangements—including assigning one to sleep with him. In addition to sexual abuse, he groomed young priests and encourage them to climb the hierarchy. These seminarians and priests felt helpless to speak up about any of the situations. 

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Hope for the Hopeless

by Christian Rodriguez

 

I met my friend Darryl during my post-grad service experience working at the St. Margaret’s Center in South L.A. On one hot day in sunny Southern California everyone had taken a seat on the ground under the shade of the balcony, except for Darryl. It had to have been close to 90 degrees and yet he chose to sit under the pergola, dressed in jeans and a black hoodie. The sun which shone brightly through the wood beams highlighted the sweat glistening on his brow and the metal of the shopping cart he had with him. The cart held all of his possessions—clothes, some instant ramen noodles, and a small yappy chihuahua. After some time, the dog stopped yapping and Darryl was forced to take off his hoodie, revealing a shirt which looked like it had been doused by a fire hydrant.

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Wed

29

Aug

2018

STAFF EDITORIAL: Bishops Must Privilege Truth Over Cover-up

by The Editorial Board

 

All of us who are students at Boston College have grown up in a Church in which the specter of clergy sexual abuse and its cover-up has loomed ubiquitously, though waxing and waning at varying points. We have only ever known our Church as such, and here at this moment, the waxing of the crisis has again intensified.

 

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Thu

03

May

2018

Religion and Skepticism on Campus: An Interview with Bishop Barron

by Adriana Watkins

 

On April 24, Bishop Robert Barron, theologian and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, spoke with The Torch staff on the subject of religion and skepticism. The Bishop began by describing skepticism as a perspective that often “traps” its adherents “in Plato’s Cave,” unable to broaden their views. He then went on to describe possible benefits of the outlook, especially in the context of the university, and to offer advice to students as they continue their search for the truth.

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Thu

03

May

2018

In Gratitude for Healthy Debate

by Annalise Deal

 

Freshman year, I attended the student activities fair with two intentions in mind: to join a student newspaper, and to find groups where I could develop my faith. As God would have it, an enthusiastic student approached me near the campus ministry tables with the offer of writing for the Catholic newspaper. I immediately let him know I was Episcopalian, but he insisted The Torch existed to address issues of faith more broadly—so I joined.

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

Cardinal DiNardo Calls for All to Abide in Christ

by Jeffery Lindholm

 

On March 15, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, spoke to the Boston College community about friendship in the Gospel of John. Cardinal DiNardo claimed that there is “something about John’s Gospel that is special.” Drawing on Scripture and the early Church Fathers, the Cardinal presented a long meditation on the Church, rooted in one word: caritas

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

Pope Francis Celebrates 5 Years as Pope

by Tess Daniels

 

On March 1, Pope Francis celebrated the five-year anniversary of his election to the papacy. With this milestone comes an examination of Francis’s accomplishments and controversies. Francis, though a hugely influential and compelling figure, has nonetheless had his fair share of criticism. He is seen by the world as a reformer pope—a humble, highly educated, genial Jesuit who seems to depart from the practices of previous pontiffs. On the other hand, traditionalist Catholics have objected to Francis’ agenda, arguing that a pope should deliver doctrinal and moral clarity, and Francis’s policy has blurred Catholic teachings.

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Agape Latte: The Truth About Love

by Amanda Judah

 

When Yvonne McBarnett took the stage on February 13 at Hillside Cafe, everyone could tell this would be a different sort of Agape Latte speech. She danced up to the stage to “24K Magic,” a favorite song of her husband’s, as preparation to share their love story. Ms. McBarnett shares close ties to Boston College, having received two BC degrees and worked for the university since 2002.

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Parkland Shooting Shocks Nation

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

This February 14, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida and killed at least seventeen people, with many more injured. This horrific event has prompted response from those across the United States as well as a global response to the massacre of innocent lives. A day devoted to the celebration of love and the beginning of Lent turned into one of horror and mourning. The shooting was the third largest school shooting in the history of the United States.

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