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Yearly Archives: 2006

What Christianity gave the West

This Fourth of July comes during a year in which fretting about the impact on the life of the Republic of “theocons” and “theocrats”...

Christian “swine” and the Holy Land

During John Paul II’s jubilee pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I spent a week in Jerusalem with NBC News. After one morning staff meeting...

The Boston College follies

Boston College’s president, Father William Leahy, S.J., is a man of no small dreams, having publicly declared his intention of leading B.C. to the...

The China syndrome

The recent decision by China’s government-sponsored Patriotic Catholic Association (PCA) to ordain and install bishops whose nominations had not been approved by the Pope...

Two anniversaries of note

Robert Seton, grandson of Elizabeth Ann Seton, had an expansive sense of his proper position in the scheme of things. In 1861, after two...

Tales from the Vienna woods

During a conversation in Cracow last July, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, O.P., the archbishop of Vienna, proposed that he and I organize a conference to...

Afraid of change? More myths of 1968

In a recent editorial on condoms and AIDS, the London-based Tablet, an influential weekly in the Catholic Anglosphere, argued that “in 1968, the most...

Robust interreligious dialogue

London’s Trafalgar Square includes a bronze statue of Sir Charles Napier (1782-1853), an architect of the British Raj in India. Few Britons or tourists,...

Designer ‘gospels’

The New York Times had itself a glorious week last month. First there was the front page “news” that, given ancient Galilean climatological oddities,...

A Golden Dome opportunity missed

A pall will hang over commencement at the University of Notre Dame this year — the pall of a great opportunity missed. Temporarily, one...
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