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Truth at the fifty-yard line?

In a series of talks and interviews surrounding the announcement of his retirement as archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick frequently told his favorite John Paul II story: the story […]

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What Christianity gave the West

This Fourth of July comes during a year in which fretting about the impact on the life of the Republic of “theocons” and “theocrats” (a.k.a., “serious Christian believers”) has become […]

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Christian “swine” and the Holy Land

During John Paul II’s jubilee pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I spent a week in Jerusalem with NBC News. After one morning staff meeting to plan the day’s coverage, a […]

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The Boston College follies

Boston College’s president, Father William Leahy, S.J., is a man of no small dreams, having publicly declared his intention of leading B.C. to the position of world’s premier Catholic university. […]

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The China syndrome

The recent decision by China’s government-sponsored Patriotic Catholic Association (PCA) to ordain and install bishops whose nominations had not been approved by the Pope has, according to press reports, put […]

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Two anniversaries of note

Robert Seton, grandson of Elizabeth Ann Seton, had an expansive sense of his proper position in the scheme of things. In 1861, after two years at Rome’s North American College, […]

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Tales from the Vienna woods

During a conversation in Cracow last July, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, O.P., the archbishop of Vienna, proposed that he and I organize a conference to discuss the growing gap between America […]

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Afraid of change? More myths of 1968

In a recent editorial on condoms and AIDS, the London-based Tablet, an influential weekly in the Catholic Anglosphere, argued that “in 1968, the most persuasive reason advanced in favor of […]

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Robust interreligious dialogue

London’s Trafalgar Square includes a bronze statue of Sir Charles Napier (1782-1853), an architect of the British Raj in India. Few Britons or tourists, pondering Napier’s role as a military […]

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Designer ‘gospels’

The New York Times had itself a glorious week last month. First there was the front page “news” that, given ancient Galilean climatological oddities, Jesus might have walked on … […]

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A Golden Dome opportunity missed

A pall will hang over commencement at the University of Notre Dame this year — the pall of a great opportunity missed. Temporarily, one must hope. Notre Dame’s new president, […]

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The “Truce of 1968,” once again

In 1968, Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle of Washington, D.C., disciplined nineteen priests who had publicly dissented from Pope Paul VI’s teaching in the encyclical Humanae Vitae. Three years later, the Vatican’s […]