Catholic and Vatican Affairs

An Archdiocese Spanning the Globe

Asked to name the most populous American dioceses, alert Catholics would likely name Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. I rather doubt that most of us would rank Brooklyn (the

Paint-By-Numbers Journalism

Press coverage of New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan’s recent election as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops exemplified what my colleague Meghan Clyne calls “paint-by-numbers” reporting.

No More Appeasement of Radical Islam

The murder of more than fifty Catholics by jihadists during Sunday Mass in Baghdad on October 31 is the latest in a series of outrages committed against Christians by Islamist

Countercultural Time

During three years of outstanding service as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has often drawn the bishops’ attention — and indeed

Deflating the NYT Condom Scoop

Here is what the New York Times reported to its readers on November 21: “Pope Benedict XVI has said that condom use can be justified in some cases to help stop the

Papal Humor

Despite the world’s fascination with All Things Papal, there isn’t much out there about papal humor. Which is, in a sense, entirely understandable: it takes a certain breadth of imagination,

Richard Dawkins & Co. = Paisley 2.0?

Some years ago, I was invited to address a seminar at the Palace of Westminster for members of the House of Lords and House of Commons interested in Catholic social

A Promise To John Paul II

On the evening of December 15, 2004, I had dinner in the papal apartment with John Paul II and several of his aides. Although his health had been deteriorating steadily

When Compromise Trumps Apostolic Tradition

Pope Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit to Great Britain next month will unfold along a pilgrim’s path metaphorically strewn with landmines. Headline-grabbing new atheists like Richard Dawkins, along with their allies

Surrounded by Martyrs

CRACOW. A lot has changed over the twenty years I’ve been coming to this beautiful city. The grayness and disrepair that were by-products of communism have been replaced by architectural

Papal Kudos for the Fourth Estate?

That Pope Benedict XVI is Catholicism’s most effective spokesman and navigator through the rocks and shoals of Scandal Time II was demonstrated yet again in May, during a flying papal

Catholic revival in Europe?

In mid-May, Pope Benedict XVI made an apostolic pilgrimage to Portugal; half a million people attended the outdoor papal Mass at Fatima. When the Pope returned to Rome, two hundred

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