Catholic and Vatican Affairs

The End of Euphemism

In a March 20 pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI vigorously condemned the physical and sexual abuse of “children and vulnerable young people” in which Irish

The Vatican and the Russians

In late 2009, the Holy See and the Russian Federation agreed to full diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, bringing the total of such exchanges to 178 — a remarkable

Rediscovering the Sounds of Silence

We’re surrounded by noise. At Miami International Airport recently, I counted five sources of noise — TSA announcements, airline announcements, airport announcements, muzak, and the ubiquitous CNN-Airport channel. And that’s

Epiphany, History, and Us

One of the sadnesses of the reformed liturgical calendar is the loss of “Sundays after Epiphany,” which, with the frequent translation of the solemnity itself to a Sunday (this year,

America’s Roman college at 150

On December 7, 1859, twelve American seminarians, who had previously been studying at Rome's Urban College, moved to Humility Street near the Trevi Fountain and launched the North American College

Faith and Reason, Irrationality and Terror

The media’s obsession with salvation-through-latex in the matter of AIDS prevention in Africa so dominated the coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s March pilgrimage to Cameroon and Angola that one of

The Weakland Memoirs

In A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop [Eerdmans], Archbishop Rembert Weakland, O.S.B., offers an account of, and an apologia for, his dramatic life. One reader,

Benedict XVI and the Truth About Charity

Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), is a complex and occasionally obscure document, replete with possible implications for the future development of Catholic social doctrine.

After Notre Dame

Where do things stand, two months after the University of Notre Dame defied the bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend and some eighty of his fellow-bishops by awarding an honorary doctorate

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