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At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year, reporters pressed hard to find signs of the “Francis effect.” But when the bishops gather next month in Baltimore, the press corps can … more
When Pope Francis formally declares Pope Paul VI “Blessed” Oct. 19, the event will recall one of the most painful periods in church history together with the long-suffering servant pope who stood … more
Expectations and anxieties regarding next month’s assembly in Rome of the world Synod of Bishops are running exceptionally high. The subject matter alone — the crisis of marriage and family — … more
As Pope John Paul II was leaving Opus Dei headquarters in Rome after paying his respects at the wake of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, someone thanked him for coming. The pope, a future saint, replied, … more
The 36-Hour Day is a handbook familiar to many caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. That seemingly mysterious title is no mystery to the caregivers. They know from … more
Longer ago than I care to remember, I spent three years working for a Washington-based national education organization. I liked the people, enjoyed my job and had the pleasant feeling that I was … more
Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the church as … more
Starting in 2003, the United States has made two fundamental mistakes in Iraq, both with strong moral implications. At the risk of oversimplification, they can be summed up like this: The first … more
Considered either as an ideology or as a program of action, secularism is deeply coercive. Reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate make that … more
Forty years ago, as the falloff in Sunday Mass attendance by American Catholics was becoming too obvious to ignore, Catholic voices began to be raised here and there saying it didn’t really matter. … more
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