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Yearly Archives: 2006

Mr. Annan’s confession

For the past fifteen summers, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching some of the brightest graduate students from the new democracies of central and...

John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Islam

Throughout the recent controversy over Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on faith and reason at Regensburg University, attempts have been made to drive a wedge...

An interreligious dialogue, continued

A few days after Pope Benedict XVI’s lecture on faith and reason at Regensburg University, I was invited onto PBS’s “News Hour with Jim...

Scotland the brave…and pagan?

Sailing back to Mallaig from the “little isles” of Eigg and Muck, with the craggy peaks of Skye’s Black Cuillins filling the horizon, it’s...

9/11, five years later

Five years ago, confronted by the rubble in lower Manhattan, the smoldering wreckage at the Pentagon, and the debris of United 93, most Americans...

Zinedine Zidane vs. Jackie Robinson

Having a decided preference for sports which recognize that God gave us opposable thumbs for a reason, I tried to ignore the first phase...

Great places — Chicago’s Catholic architecture

When I was a choirboy, one of the most ethereal motets we sang was Anton Bruckner’s setting of a text from the old Mass...

Marriage, the courts, and the amendment

Ironically, I got into my first protracted discussion about the Federal Marriage Amendment at a wedding reception, a few years back. My interlocutors...

The greatest sports movie ever

It’s summer, which means sports and movies, which prompts the question: What’s the greatest sports movie ever? In 2001, Sports Illustrated issued a top twenty...

Truth at the fifty-yard line?

In a series of talks and interviews surrounding the announcement of his retirement as archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick frequently told his favorite...
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