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Christmas, the Infinite, and the finite

The title of Father Edward Oakes’ new book, “Infinity Dwindled to Infancy,” nicely captures the imaginative challenge posed at Christmas: the mystery of the infinite God become finite man. In […]

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The cardinal Down Under

In the Baltimore of the 1960s, my canny pastor devised a neat scheme for getting “Father Visitor” (as the confessional doors read) to fill in during the summer for his […]

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Coercing consciences

During his homily at the Mass pro eligendo Romano Pontifice (for the election of the Roman Pontiff) on April 18, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger cautioned his fellow-cardinals that John Paul […]