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The Great Places: Our Saviour’s Church, New York

Of the 19,500 Catholic parishes in the United States, it’s a safe bet that none had a more spectacular aesthetic renovation last year than Our Saviour’s Church at Park Avenue […]

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Ruth Kelly, myth-breaker

Late last year, when Italian philosopher and cabinet minister Rocco Buttiglione was denied the post of European Minister of Justice because his convictions on sexual ethics and marriage were unacceptable […]

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The end of terrorism chic?

I was standing in a lengthy airport security line when CNN ‘s Airport Channel broadcast the news of Yasser Arafat’s death in Paris. And I wondered how many of my […]

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Mr. Cornwell misses again

Here is John Cornwell in his new book, The Pontiff in Winter (Doubleday), on John Paul II’s Marian piety and his devotion to the icon known as the “Black Madonna:” […]

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Dealing with DaVinci

With sales of The DaVinci Code now topping seven million, it’s a safe bet that Dan Brown’s Catholic readership is well into seven figures. Anecdotal evidence from around the Catholic […]

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The Kerry challenge

During his campaign for the presidency, Senator John Kerry has tried in various ways to square his self-description as a “believing and practicing Catholic” with his unalloyed record of support […]

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Learning to pray

The readings from Acts that we hear between Easter and Pentecost remind us that the early Church was a school of prayer. Jesus is taken up into heaven; the disciples, […]

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More on marriage

Why support a Federal Marriage Amendment? Here are ten reasons why. 1. The FMA will prevent activist judges from redefining marriage to fit their squinty reading of the “signs of […]

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Iraq and just war, revisited

A year later, here’s the question posed to those who argued that it would be morally justifiable to use armed force to compel Iraq’s compliance with U.N. disarmament resolutions: if […]

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Holy Week lessons from “The Passion”

For fifty-one years, a life-size crucifix has hung in my suburban Washington church – first on the apse wall, now above the renovated sanctuary. It’s as familiar as anything the […]

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The Resurrection and The DaVinci Code

Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel, The DaVinci Code, will certainly outsell N.T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God by a factor of 10,000:1, and probably more. Quite unintentionally, though, […]

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Pope John who?

It’s an old habit in American presidential politics: when your campaign is going sour, attack the Vatican. The Know-Nothings tried it with some success in the 1840s. James G. Blaine […]