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Yearly Archives: 2008

Born in the midst of daily life

The Roman basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian tends to elude the casual tourist and the hurried pilgrim, although it’s right off the Via...

Defending human dignity

Before tackling “Dignitas Personae” (“The Dignity of a Person”), the recent instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on contemporary bioethical...

Books for Christmas

Looking for Christmas gifts to nourish the mind and soul? Here’s a potpourri of (mostly) recent books, guaranteed to do both. “Hopkins: Theologian’s Poet,” by...

THE GREAT PLACES: St. John Lateran: The Church standing erect

ROME. Because the media drama of the papacy often has St. Peter’s for its stage, many Catholics may not know that the Patriarchal Vatican...

Giving thanks for America

The vagaries of scheduling put me in Europe for the week before the November 4 election. In conversations in both Rome and Cracow, I...

The two Americas

By the dawn’s early light on Nov. 5, two distinct Americas hove into view. The two Americas are not defined by conventional economic, ethnic...

Adult interreligious dialogue

Father Christian Troll, a German Jesuit, is one of the Catholic Church’s leading students of Islam and a key figure in the Catholic-Islamic dialogue...

The Christian story and the world’s story

I can’t remember precisely when I fell in love with history, but it was surely in the first innings of my reading life. Granted, this...

Praying for those to be elected

There will be much to ponder, once this interminable electoral cycle comes to an end. Why has so much of the campaign seemed like...

CAMPAIGN 2008 – Electing our king

During the debate over ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton and his Federalists argued for “energy in the executive”—a strong president who would set...
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