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Something missing?

February 10, 2012 James V. Schall, S.J. 0

It is generally conceded that the Catholic Church is under considerable legal coercion to change its doctrine and practices to conform to President Obama’s view of how things ought to be. Beyond this local problem, […]

Sojourns with Schall

No Generic God

February 5, 2012 James V. Schall, S.J. 0

“We do not need a generic, indefinite god but rather the living, true God who unfolds the horizon of men’s future into a prospect of firm, well-founded hope, a home rich in eternity that enables […]


“Not in my lifetime”

April 29, 2011 James V. Schall, S.J. 0

“The Pope (John Paul II) was praying and he asked God: ‘Will Poland regain her freedom and independence some day?’ ‘Yes,’ said God, ‘but not in your lifetime.’ Then the Pope asked: ‘Lord, after I […]

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Pope Ratzinger

April 18, 2010 James V. Schall, S.J. 0

The three functions traditionally attributed to a pope are to teach, to sanctify, and to rule. The first function means keeping the revelation that was handed to Peter and the apostles intact and known to […]