Humanae Vitae at 40

April 18, 2011 William B. May 0

July 25, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VI’s great encyclical Humanae Vitae. In this document he reaffirmed the constant teaching of the Church that contraception is an intrinsically evil […]


The Slow Climb Back

April 18, 2011 Michael Kelly 0

The specter of child sexual abuse by priests still looms on the ecclesiastical landscape in Ireland. The findings of two government-sponsored judicial inquiries are due to be published later this year. Both reports are expected […]

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Laborers for the Harvest

April 18, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

The Church worldwide has been blessed since 1978 with a surge in the number of seminarians. According to data published in L’Osservatore Romano and the Vatican’s statistical yearbook (the Secretariat of State’s Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae), […]

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Silent No More

April 18, 2011 Joanna Bogle 0

Soho is famous as London’s sleazy district. There are some excellent restaurants and pubs and some quaint old streets worth exploring. But there’s a sad and lonely side: prostitutes and clubs darkened windows, a faint […]

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Sarkozy and Religion

April 18, 2011 Max Colchester 0

Last winter, after being made an honorary canon of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a faux pas that sent shivers down Gallic spines: he talked about the […]

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A Disturbing Substitute for Faith

April 18, 2011 Anna Abbott 0

In a Napa Valley pharmacy, I came upon 10 people in a circle listening to a woman instruct them on Reiki, a therapy based upon “universal energy.” She walked around them, resting her hands on […]

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Clericalism and the Campaign

April 18, 2011 George Neumayr 0

“No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true socialist,” said Pope Pius XI in 1931. Were he alive today, he might have substituted in the word “Democrat.” One can […]


The Huckabean Revolt

April 17, 2011 Jeremy Lott 0

Most reporters and pundits didn’t see Mike Huckabee coming. When they took note of him at all, they wrote him off as an amusing oddity. Here was a Baptist minister turned lieutenant governor who had […]

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The Culture Wars Come to Ireland

April 17, 2011 Michael Kelly 0

Tensions have emerged in Ireland’s ruling coalition government between the dominant Fianna FÁil party and the smaller Green Party over an unlikely issue: what form promised legislation on domestic partnerships should take. The conflict is […]