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Surrounded by martyrs

CRACOW—A lot has changed over the 20 years I’ve been coming to this beautiful city. The grayness and disrepair that were by-products of communism have been replaced by architectural and […]

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World Cup blues

Although I played a bit of the “beautiful game” in high school and college, and rooted for the Baltimore Bays when professional soccer was trying to get started in the […]

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Deep Catholicism

Eight years ago, during the Long Lent of 2002, I started using the phrase “Catholic Lite” to denote a cast of mind that, in my judgment, had contributed mightily to […]

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Operation Let the Fire Fall

In November 2007, George Misulia, a Catholic layman who lives in Mount Airy, Md., was lying in bed, recovering from fractured vertebrae suffered during a bad accident and wondering what […]

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An immigration debate primer

It’s hard to imagine a more depressing spectacle in contemporary American public life than the immigration reform “debate.” What a friend who’s bailing out of the mainstream media recently deplored […]

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When the mask of tolerance slips

The contempt in which the Catholic Church and its convictions are held by the ruling classes of 21st century Europe is hardly a secret. For reasons of political expedience, however, […]

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The cardinal among the Latter-Day Saints

The three years of service that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has given the Church as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have been a great blessing. […]

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What JFK wrought at Houston

Sandro Magister’s “Chiesa” (Church) newsletter (available at http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it) is an indispensable resource for anyone seriously following the major debates within the Catholic Church, the ideas shaping the pontificate of Benedict […]

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Money, scandal, and Rome

It was virtually inevitable that the media firestorm over Benedict XVI’s handling of sexually abusive clerics—even if the insinuations against the Pope were unsubstantiated and unfair—would spill backwards toward the […]

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The limits of the papacy

During the preparation of the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Pope Paul VI proposed that the constitution’s discussion of papal primacy include the affirmation that the Pope […]

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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 media firestorm in late March, including […]

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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 might seem an odd moment to […]