Catholic and Vatican Affairs

The Pope and the President on Freedom

Commentators have noted parallels between President Bush’s second inaugural address and President Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural; one witty historian suggested that it was “the best speech Woodrow Wilson ever wrote.” What

Bishops Regaining Their Voice

Catholic editors around the country voted “Catholics and politics” the #1 religious news story of 2004. Fair enough. Still, I’d argue that the most significant development in U.S. Catholic life

The Human Person is Still the Issue

Forty years ago this month, a meeting that would have important consequences for the world Church was convened in Ariccia, just outside Rome. Bishops and lay experts had been called

The ‘Kazanskaya’ Goes Home to a Dying Land

In late August, a Vatican delegation returned a venerable icon of the Madonna of Kazan to Patriarch Aleksy II in Moscow. The “Kazanskaya” had had an interesting journey. She disappeared

The Gospel without Compromise

I’ve only met Father Frank Brennan, a prominent Australian Jesuit, once. But I was glad of his company that day. It was May 1991, and both Father Brennan and I

Catholic = (Jesus + me)? Not exactly.

The recent debate over the ecclesiastical status of pro-abortion Catholic politicians has sharpened several issues in U.S. Catholic life: the utility (or lack thereof) of “seamless garment” approaches to public

Father Vakoc, Catholic hero

Columnist Mark Steyn aptly describes film-maker Michael Moore, of “Fahrenheit 9/11” fame (or infamy), as a “crockumentarian.” Here’s an Iraq story that wasn’t in Mr. Moore’s crockumentary and hasn’t broken

Catholicism and Islam: A Strategic Dialogue

This past June 1, the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, took to the op-ed page of the Washington Post to make a “plea for enlightened moderation” to his Islamic brethren

A primer on the Holy Communion controversy

The debate over the reception of Holy Communion by Catholic politicians who persistently support permissive abortion laws continues. This debate is an opportunity for authentic Catholic reform, in our sacramental

The President and The Pope

They may have seemed, at first blush, an unlikely pair: the American B-movie actor turned conservative politician, and the mystical, philosophical, poetically inclined Polish priest turned Pope. Yet historical coincidences

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