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Last Rites for Local Parishes: On the Decline of Catholic Chicago

A church that prides itself on its universality—its catholicity—has served as a seedbed for hundreds of parishes divided along ethnic lines.

In the Pilsen Snow

My wife and I were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, on the near west side of South Bend, Indiana.  I’ve written about her...

A Big Lunch: Cheeseburgers, Oysters, and Decentralization on a Road Trip...

The stones strapped to the back of the city dweller, along with the thick tension of the silence of the state, explains why most city conversations fall on the opposite side of friendly.

Cabrini Dreams

“You go two blocks one way, you're in public housing. You go two blocks the other way, you're at Banana Republic."