Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism?

December 10, 2012 Edward Pentin 2

As the Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, there is one lesser-known—and some would argue highly disturbing—aspect of the Council that has tended to be overlooked: the absence […]

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A Platform for Christian Politicians

December 1, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

If you’re looking for a concrete example of the New Evangelization in the public square, the new Dignitatis Humanae Institute may well be it. Founded two years ago by a small group of Catholic European […]

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The Arab Revolutions

May 15, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

Pope Benedict began this year by presciently devoting his first two major addresses of 2011 to appealing for greater religious freedom around the world. Popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa soon followed, […]

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Another Flashpoint in the Culture War

May 13, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

Choosing an ambassador to represent the United States at the Holy See is usually a fairly straight-forward process. Since formal diplomatic relations were established in 1984, successive US governments have appointed committed Catholics to the […]

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Who is Miguel Diaz?

May 12, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

The reaction of Vatican officials to the nomination of Miguel Diaz as President Obama’s ambassador to the Holy See has been largely positive, although some Catholics remain suspicious about the president’s motives behind the choice. […]

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Standing Together Against Secularism

May 11, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

Catholic-Orthodox relations, which had already been advancing since Pope Benedict XVI’s election in 2005, have accelerated sharply this year. But after a thousand years of division, is unity really in sight? Debate about the real […]

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Behind the Scenes

May 9, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

Most Catholics would be hardpressed to name a Vatican diplomat. So much of their work takes place behind the scenes that sometimes it’s easy to forget the Holy See has overseas envoys at all. Yet […]

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The Recife Affair

May 7, 2011 Edward Pentin 0

A year-long controversy over the tragic case of the rape of a nineyear- old Brazilian girl, the abortion of her twins, and the comments of a senior Vatican official continues to rumble on. Catholics working […]

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The Allegations Against Cardinal Sodano

May 4, 2011 Edward Pentin 2

Over the past few months, Cardinal Angelo Sodano has faced a number of serious allegations in the media, most especially regarding his connections with the disgraced founder of the Legionaries of Christ, the late Father […]