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The First U.S. Cathedral Turns 200

Baltimore’s Bishop John Carroll had a decision to make. It was 1805, and the diocese then encompassed the entire U.S. Years before, Pope Pius VI had urged Carroll to build

Golden Memories of a Golden Anniversary

After Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium was torn down in the old hometown in 2002, I began describing the vast empty space left behind as “the abomination of desolation.” Things are a

Plague Days in Baltimore

What does the burning of Baltimore by feral young men have to do with the Supreme Court’s recent oral argument over so-called same-sex marriage and with the Book of Revelation?

Moral Revolutions in America

In a recent article, Yale professor David Gelernter noted that modern America had “two extraordinary accomplishments: victory in the Cold War and the all-but-eradication of race prejudice in a single

Sargent Shriver and His Times

R. Sargent Shriver, who died on January 18, was the last of the classic American Catholic liberals. Advocate of racial justice when that took real courage; founding director of the

Nancy and Me

Nancy Pelosi and I grew up in the same Baltimore, in the days of May Processions and Forty Hours’ devotions, of Baltimore Catechisms and nuns in starched wimples, of Catholic

The Baltimore Basilica

On November 4, the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, America’s first cathedral, was reopened in a public ceremony that honored the vision of Archbishop John Carroll,

Restoring the Light of Religious Freedom

When John Carroll was named the first Roman Catholic bishop of the United States in 1789, this middle-aged son of the Maryland aristocracy had a daunting task on his hands.