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A Genuine Conversion or Act of Perjury?

April 13, 2011 Joanna Bogle 0

There is still considerable fall-out in the United Kingdom from the announcement of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s conversion to Catholicism. His formal reception into the Church last December was not unexpected, given that his […]

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The Enduring Popularity of Traditional Art

April 13, 2011 Jim Graves 0

On March 19, 2007, a massive piece of traditional religious art was unveiled to delighted parishioners at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. The Grand Retablo, or decorative altarpiece, stands 42-feet high by […]


First in the Order of Love

April 8, 2011 Genevieve S. Kineke 0

Roughly 10 years into his pontificate, John Paul II penned an apostolic letter, Mulieris Dignitatem (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”). The letter indicated not only that he took women and their call to […]

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The Changing Face of Ireland

April 8, 2011 Michael Kelly 0

Recent census data, which indicates that some 10 percent of the inhabitants of the Irish Republic were born overseas, brings the changing face of Irish society into sharp focus. After decades of mass emigration following […]

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Ora et Labora

April 6, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In his famous Rule, St. Benedict (480-547) lays out a way of life that includes the celebration of the Divine Office, prayerful reading, silence, manual labor, hospitality, and obedience to an abbot—all within the context […]

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Pharmacists with Targets on their Backs

April 6, 2011 Elenor K. Schoen 0

There is a gathering storm in the United States, threatening the right of conscience protected under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Although many other groups’ conscience rights have […]

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A Shrewd Move

April 6, 2011 Philip F. Lawler 0

Last April the director of the Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, confirmed reports that Pope Benedict XVI would travel to the US in 2008. Immediately the rumor mills began to churn. The Holy […]