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Light from the East

One of the more jarring transitions in the liturgical year is the rapid switch from the beautiful pastoral exhortations of the First Letter of Peter, which the Office of Readings […]

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Architecture, ideas, and faith

In my Walter Mitty life, I’m not turning two with Cal Ripken at Camden Yards, or playing the Emperor Concerto with the National Symphony; I’m not even writing the Great […]

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A pope of historic vision

John Paul II arrived in Warsaw on June 2, 1979; there and then, he ignited the revolution of conscience that would give birth to the Solidarity movement, the Revolution of […]

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Remembering Bill Buckley

Who were the most publicly influential American Catholics of the twentieth century? By shaping Vatican II’s teaching on Church-and-state, Fr. John Courtney Murray, SJ, helped turn Catholicism into the world’s […]

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‘Gay marriage’ and Father Keenan, once again

I regret having to revisit this matter, but as a point of personal honor has been raised, I must. In early 2003, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts engaged in a vigorous […]