Catholic and Vatican Affairs

Lourdes and the Modern World

One hundred fifty years ago, on Feb. 11, 1858, an illiterate, impoverished 14-year-old girl received the first of 18 visions of Mary, who eventually revealed herself to Bernadette Soubirous as

Archbishop Marini on the Liturgy Wars

Those seeking insight into the ideas that shaped the Missal of Paul VI, the revised breviary, and other facets of the Church’s post-Vatican II liturgy will have to look elsewhere

Cardinal Kasper on the State of Ecumenism

2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the Chair of Unity Octave, which has evolved into an annual pan-Christian week of prayer running from January 18-25. Prayer, it seems, is what

The God With an Infant’s Face

As my too-cute-to-be-true grandson, Master William Joseph Susil, careened around the house over Thanksgiving, exercising his rapidly expanding vocabulary and wreaking havoc on unsecured objects in his path, I couldn’t

Poland after John Paul II

When you add it all up, I’ve spent more than a year and a half of my life in Poland. My Polish adventures began 16 years ago, when I went

The Holy See and the U.N.

Several years ago, Catholics for a Free Choice, a Potemkin village of an “organization” created by pro-abortion American foundations to muddy the waters of American politics and to harass the

A Pontifical Conciliar Embarrassment

Back in the early Fifties, a papal allocution to an assemblage of ENT specialists might deploy a phrase like “the divinely ordained harmony among ear, nose and throat.” They were

Lord, Please Don’t Hear this Prayer: A Reprise

A while back, I noted with a touch of asperity that the “Prayer of the Faithful” too frequently deteriorates into serial sermonettes, an American Church innovation without foundation in the

One Body, Imperfect Parts

To those for whom religious “preference” is of no more consequence than any other lifestyle choice — something like Saab or Volvo, Nationals or Orioles, medium-rare or rare, chardonnay or

We Are Not Morons

Writing in the May 21 issue of America, Bishop Donald W. Trautman of Erie, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, called the lay people of the Church

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