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Parsing the peace movement

Shortly after the war in Iraq had begun in earnest, Pope John Paul II, addressing a group of Italian military chaplains, referred to the “vast contemporary movement in favor of […]

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Force of law, law of force

The juxtaposition of “the force of law and the law of force,” a trope that got established in the Catholic conversation months before armed force was used to enforce disarmament […]

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A novena for priests

Young priests are among the great signs of hope in the Catholic Church in the United States today. Eleven months ago, when the Long Lent of 2002 was taking a […]

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The Pope and the Genius

In his new poem, “Roman Triptych,” Pope John Paul II makes extensive references to the Sistine Chapel, which has a special hold on his mind, heart, and soul. Karol Wojtyla […]

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One nation, under judgment, with consequences for all

No one expects this past summer’s Federal court decision striking “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance to stand. Indeed, after a day of being vilified from coast to coast […]

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A resurrection story

In the early twentieth century, Metropolitan Andrei Sheptyts’kyi — Major-Archbishop of Lviv,  leader of the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine, and a giant figure in modern Catholicism — began to […]

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General Savage and the bishops

This month, in Rome, newly-ordained bishops from all over the world will meet for several days at what Roman wags call “Bishops’ Camp” or “Baby Bishops School.” The idea, launched […]

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Courageous Catholicism

This past May, after four months of full immersion in the Catholic Crisis of 2002, it struck me that a book was in order: a book that described what the […]

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If you preach it, they will come

There were intriguing similarities between last month’s World Youth Day in Toronto and World Youth Day 1993 in Denver. In both instances, the Pope’s choice of city struck some as […]

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Conclave issues

I first met John Allen through one of those instant arguments that e-mail makes possible. Allen had reviewed my biography of John Paul II, Witness to Hope, in the National […]

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Meeting Archbishop-Elect Timothy Dolan: A Parody

Washington (Reuters). Outraged commentary quickly followed Bishop Timothy M. Dolan’s June 25 remark that his first priority as the tenth archbishop of Milwaukee would be to talk with those “meat […]

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Making Catholic moral theology make Catholic sense

That Catholic moral theology is still in trouble nine years after Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor has been painfully demonstrated by some of the commentary during the past […]