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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 […]

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After Dallas: The Issue is Headship

The bishops have passed their “Charter,” the implementing norms for dealing with clergy sexual abuse are en route to Rome for review, the media pack has moved on to other […]

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The summer game: a memoir

When I shed this mortal coil it may surprise St. Peter, on examining my file, to discover that I was once a sportswriter. Indeed, not a mere sportswriter, but a […]

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The “mystery of evil”

In his Holy Thursday letter to priests, Pope John Paul II described clergy sexual abuse as an expression of the “mystery of evil” at work in the world. Some columnists […]

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What must be done in Dallas

Expectations for the bishops’ meeting in Dallas in mid-June have gone over the top. More journalists have applied for credentials than applied to cover the Pope’s last visit to the […]