Catholic and Vatican Affairs

The Holy See and the U.N.

This past November, in an interview with a leading Italian daily, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, said that he “would not exclude” the possibility of the Holy

The “Magnificat” Phenomenon

Go to any Catholic venue in the United States – parish church, retreat center, convent, rectory, high school, college chaplaincy, retirement community – and you’ll find it. You can also

Myths about Cardinal Law’s resignation

<msoNormal$3>Within hours of Cardinal Bernard Law’s resignation this past December, the myth-makers were at work, spinning tales of why this had happened and what it all meant. Before two such

“Boundary violations”?

Ten months ago, as the Catholic Crisis of 2002 was reaching white heat, a major archdiocese published a pamphlet for all its employees entitled “Respecting Boundaries.” I don’t doubt the

More than a fish story

I may have used this story before, but if so, it’s good enough to repeat. Father Raymond E. Brown, S.S., spent the better part of his life studying the Gospel

The Pope, the Italians, and the rest of us

Given the Catholic Church’s historic role in forming what we now know as “Italy,” you might think that relations between the Vatican and the Italian government had always run rather

The Christ-centered rosary

Last month, on the twenty-fourth anniversary of his election, John Paul II proclaimed a “Year of the Rosary,” issued an apostolic letter on the famous prayer-cycle, and proposed adding five

Dallas, Rome, and beyond

Single-issue advocacy groups have a long history in American public life. Those who imagine that the Church is another kind of political community celebrate the role of advocacy groups in

A new dialogue with Islam?

The French literary gadfly, André Malraux, once shocked (shocked!) the devoutly secular French professoriate by observing that “the twenty-first century will be religious, or it will not be.” Like other

The Church in “the Rest”

Philip Jenkins, a distinguished historian and professor of religious studies at Penn State, is an intellectual provocateur who backs up his provocations with data. Cutting straight across the academic grain,

The "Mystery of Evil"

In his Holy Thursday letter to priests, John Paul II described clergy sexual abuse as an expression of the “mystery of evil” at work in the world. Some columnists scoffed

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