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Exploding the myth of ‘Hitler’s Pope’

A year or so ago, my friend Liz Lev, the best English-speaking guide in Rome, was taking a group of American tourists through St. Peter’s Basilica. Seeing the bronze statue […]

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Dr. Wills comes unhinged

“Why isn’t there a ‘progressive’ candidate?” was, to some, one of the mysteries of this past April’s conclave. The fact that John Paul II had named so many of the […]

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An unnecessary and untoward controversy

Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taize Community in France, was one of the great Christian spirits of the 20th century. An ecumenical pioneer, Brother Roger, in the apt words […]

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The Magi and the Host

Questions about Pope Benedict XVI’s ability to connect with young people were decisively answered at World Youth Day in Cologne last month. He connects, all right. And the “connection” is […]

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A nun in full

Three years ago, when Raymond Arroyo told me that he was going to write the biography of Mother Angelica, the formidable foundress of EWTN, I had to admit to some […]

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Beyond nostalgia in Poland

In late July, the Polish Parliament created a new national holiday, “John Paul II Day,” to be celebrated every October 16, the anniversary of Karol Wojtyla’s election as the 264th […]

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An open letter to Senator Patrick Leahy

Dear Senator Leahy: Because you’re the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, your performance during the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts will tell the country […]

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Making ‘Catholic’ make sense

The ecumenical phenomenon that Colleen Carroll Campbell dubbed “the new faithful” —  accomplished young professionals leading lives of intense Christian orthodoxy — has had interesting manifestations in the Catholic Church. […]

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Please take a bulletin home with you from church …

Ah, the wonders of the Internet. You never know what’s going to turn up — or what others are going to find for you. A young priest studying in Rome […]

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Summer civics and stem cells

On May 24, the U.S. House of Representatives accelerated America’s descent into Huxley’s brave new world by voting to provide Federal funding for embryo-destructive stem cell research. The U.S. Conference […]

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The Nicholson standard

Sometime in the next few months, a new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See will be moving into Villa Richardson on Rome’s Janiculum Hill. The shoes waiting to be filled […]

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What makes a university ‘great’?

Milwaukee’s Marquette University has been in a bit of a flap. Marquette’s athletic teams had long been known as the “Warriors.” When the politically correct protested, the heirs of Jacques […]