Catholic and Vatican Affairs

An Open Letter to Miguel Diaz

Dear Dr. Diaz: Congratulations on your nomination as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Having worked on a bipartisan basis with seven of your predecessors, in both calm and turbulent

Charity in Truth

Now that was a week: a new social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (“Charity in Truth”), from Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday; a meeting between the pope and Pres. Barack Obama

The President and the Pope

When he meets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on July 10, President Barack Obama will find himself in conversation with a man who is, at heart, a teacher. Which

"Caritas in Veritate" in Gold and Red

In the often unpredictable world of the Vatican, it was as certain as anything could be in mid-1990 that there would be a 1991 papal encyclical to commemorate the centenary

June 1979 – The Nine Days of John Paul II

Thirty years ago this week, the Bishop of Rome returned to Poland for the first time since his recent election to the papacy. America’s premier Cold War historian, John Lewis

Parsing the Vatican Newspaper

The newspaper published by the Vatican, L'Osservatore Romano, has created more than a little mischief recently, featuring essays by ill-informed European journalists who imagine that they understand American history, the

The Imperative of Fraternal Correction

Every September, the Congregation for Bishops in Rome hosts a seminar for newly-ordained bishops from around the world; the seminar is widely known, at least sotto voce, as “Baby Bishops’

Parsing the Pontiff

No matter how much the Vatican rightly insists that the primary purpose of Benedict XVI’s journeys outside Rome is to “strengthen the brethren”—as Christ instructed Peter to do—papal travel is

Mr. Blair’s Cafeteria

This past Lent, in the course of an interview with Attitude, a gay magazine, Tony Blair said that Pope Benedict XVI’s “entrenched attitude” toward homosexual behavior was less tolerant than

Sisters on a Different Mountaintop

On Jan. 30, an apostolic visitation of religious orders of women in the United States was announced. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), whose membership includes most of the

A Calumny against the Cardinal

It would be difficult to imagine a more mindless misrepresentation of the right relationship of church and state in these United States than that proffered by the Chicago Tribune on

The Pope Versus the Vatican

As the events of recent months have made painfully clear, Curial incapacity can impede and even damage the evangelical mission of the most intelligent pope. It was nothing short of

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