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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 […]

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What Gene Robinson means

While U.S. Episcopalians struggled through a difficult convention in Minneapolis last month, a Baltimore Sun reporter put the following lead on his story: “As they battled over confirmation of the […]

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Church history for dummies

SANDOMIERZ, POLAND. Sandomierz lies in what Poles call “Poland B,” the poor section of the country that didn’t make very much progress between the world wars — not least because […]

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Hymns and us

I love hymns. I love singing them and I love listening to them. Hearing the robust Cardiff Festival Choir belt out the stirring hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams at what […]

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Denver and Toronto: opportunities seized, opportunities missed

Ten years ago, they said it couldn’t be done: “they” being the U.S. Catholic establishment, “it” being the celebration of World Youth Day in Denver. And while “they” were often […]

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Islam and democracy: the crucial questions

At a recent conference on Islam and democracy, I was privileged to meet several of the brightest Muslim scholars in America — some native-born, some immigrants, all committed to developing […]