Essay

The Death of a Great Philosopher

May 9, 2011 Thomas S. Hibbs 0

Ralph McInerny, one of the greatest Catholic philosophers of his generation, best-selling novelist, and longtime faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, died on Friday, January 29, 2010. He excelled in so many spheres […]

Special Report

The People of God with Israel

May 9, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In 1928, when the future Pope Benedict XVI was 11 months old, the Holy Office, under the leadership of the vigorously anti-modernist Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val, decreed that “the Catholic Church has always prayed […]

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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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Special Report

What Caesar Owes God

May 9, 2011 Elenor K. Schoen 0

  On November 20, 2009, a coalition of Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars from across the United States announced a 4,700-word declaration that addresses concerns about the sanctity of life, […]

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The Wise Man from the West

May 9, 2011 Sandra Miesel 0

In 1610, the Emperor of China overruled custom by granting a burial plot outside Peking to a foreigner called Li Madou. An inscription on the tomb praises the deceased as “one who had attained renown […]

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A Source of Hope

May 9, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

Nearly two millennia ago, a doubting apostle saw, believed, and preached the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Fifteen hundred years later, a student at the University of Paris met Ignatius of Loyola, helped […]

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The Wolves Roamed Freely

May 9, 2011 Michael Kelly 0

For almost two decades, the Catholic Church in Ireland has struggled to come to terms with a punishing litany of revelations about sexual misconduct by priests and religious. The crisis continues to envelop Irish Catholicism […]

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Analysis

Spinning the Data

May 8, 2011 Anne Hendershott 0

In the middle of the debate over abortion funding within the proposed health care reform bills, Cardinal Justin Rigali told a National Press Club audience that Catholic members of Congress needed to vote with “a […]

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Essay

The Lamp and the Leaven

May 8, 2011 R. Michael Dunnigan 0

Since Pope Benedict XVI promulgated his apostolic constitution on welcoming the faithful of the Anglican tradition back into the Catholic Church, many questions have arisen. These questions touch on such controversial subjects as the application […]