- Dec 9, 2019
Boston College and Notre Dame, the two most prominent football programs at Catholic universities, face off for the 25th time on Saturday night.
If Notre Dame could somehow cap an improbably perfect regular season with a national championship, would it be a badly needed momentary boost to Catholic pride in America?
Monsignor Michael Burke, better known as “Father Mike” to the coaches and players of the University of Wisconsin football team for whom he serves as chaplain, says he helps the players and coaches out in many ways and stays connected with them long after they’ve left the team.
Catholic bishops may have a lot of bureaucratic duties to perform, but that doesn’t mean bishops believe the solution to the Church’s problems is always bureaucratic. Pressed for an example of evangelical creativity, for instance, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, points to a lawyer who sets up tables at Husker football games every weekend, handing out rosaries and answering questions about Catholicism.
Recent news reports say that football is a dangerous sport that should not be played by people younger than 20 years old. A third of young men who play college and professional football suffer significant cognitive impairment, according to these reports. Catholic high schools and colleges have football teams. They
BOSTON — When the Notre Dame football team arrives this week for its unconventional Saturday night matchup with Boston College at Fenway Park, it will mean more than just a few busloads of players are rolling into town. The team will also bring as many as 30,000 members of its