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Yearly Archives: 2010

Scandal-time, once more

Reports of the clerical sexual abuse of the young in Europe—and the gross mishandling of these cases by bishops, including connivance in cover-ups—ignited a...

Almsgiving, all $300 billion of it

Almsgiving, along with fasting and intensified prayer, is one of the three traditional Lenten practices enjoined on all Catholics by ancient tradition.  So it...

A legal travesty in Poland

A few years ago, Alicja Tysiac, a Polish woman who suffers from severe myopia, tried to obtain an abortion, arguing that carrying the child...

Advice for Europe—and for us

At an international symposium in honor of the late Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, held in Paris on Feb. 11, I offered closing remarks on what...

The relentless grittiness of Lent

Carolyn Gordon Tate, a major figure in the literary renaissance of the 20th century American South, once wrote Flannery O’Connor of the impact that...

Ralph McInerny and the tragedy of Notre Dame

In late February, Professor Marjorie Garber of Harvard came to the University of Notre Dame as the Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2009-2010. Among other...

The Vatican and the Russians

In late 2009, the Holy See and the Russian Federation agreed to full diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, bringing the total of such...

Robert Charles Susil, 1974-2010

Four days after my son-in-law, Rob Susil, re-entered Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he would die of an aggressive sarcoma on Feb. 5, the Church...

The erosion of religious freedom

Connoisseurs of political kamikaze runs will long debate what finished off Martha Coakley in the recent Massachusetts election to fill the seat Edward M....

Rediscovering the sounds of silence

We‘re surrounded by noise. At Miami International Airport recently, I counted five sources of noise—TSA announcements, airline announcements, airport announcements, muzak, and the ubiquitous...
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