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Yearly Archives: 2006

Books for Christmas

The past year has seen the publication of any number of books I’ve wanted to write about, but didn’t. Here they are, as suggestions...

Misreporting the Pope

Despite its op-ed page — which often sounds like a transcript from an asylum for victims of Bush Derangement Syndrome — the New York...

The Great Places – San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio

Ever since the Church’s first bishops gathered their priests and people around them for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Christians have thought of...

Baghdad 2006 = Tet 1968?

During the year I spent at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, I enjoyed getting to know Peter Braestrup, who had been Saigon...

300,000,000, on the way to 400,000,000

The 300,000,000th American was born (or naturalized) last month, and the usual suspects marked the occasion with the usual hand-wringing about America’s allegedly heavy...

Regensburg revisited: the Islamic response

In mid-October, thirty-eight Muslim leaders wrote an “Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,” in response to the Pope’s September lecture at Regensburg...

“The Queen”: A lesson in duty

On a golden alpine summer evening in 1992, I unexpectedly found myself in conversation with Prince Nikolaus von und zu Liechtenstein, younger brother of...

From Rottweiler to dunce

A few days after the election of Pope Benedict XVI, some friends and I gathered for a celebratory dinner at Rome’s Taverna Giulia —...

Hyde and Scalia, Catholics with consequences

Two of the most influential Catholics in American public life mark important milestones in their lives and careers this month. The nation owes both...

An electoral battle of the booklets?

As the 2006 midterm elections approach, a battle of the booklets is likely in many U.S. Catholic venues. First into the lists was “Voting for...
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