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Uncle Fulty. Home at Last.

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s remains were transferred last June from the Archdiocese of New York to Peoria, Illinois. The move came after three years of sometimes bitter wrangling between Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., who wanted Sheen’s body to … Continue reading

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Gerrit Smith of Peterboro

Gerrit Smith’s mighty shadow over Peterboro, N.Y., did not fade after his death in 1874. All of us who grew up in or near the tiny Madison County village knew who he was. Peterboro, where Smith lived, was an outpost … Continue reading

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James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx

The Divine Doc M and I binged our way through season 3 of the Netflix miniseries The Crown. The series purports to make reasonable guesses about what Queen Elizabeth II, the Royals, and a succession of prime ministers said to … Continue reading

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How It Ends

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Chapel Thanksgiving

Thanks to a file of old clippings in my bookshelf, I know exactly what I was doing 52 years ago. I was sitting at my gray desk in the base chapel at RAF Station Woodbridge, England, pressing a special pencil … Continue reading

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November 22 Approaches. Again.

Perhaps it’s the shallow sentiment of age. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for an era that seems far brighter than the dark political gloom that engulfs us now. Perhaps it’s because I loved him from afar though I never met him. Whatever … Continue reading

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Justice on the Money

Here’s hoping the excellent biopic “Harriet” will focus more attention on what can reasonably be regarded as a racist decision.

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