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To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II

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A tale of two translations

Here’s a tale of two translations that doesn’t involve the liturgical tong wars. Permit me a brief but crucial Latin phrase. In the 1965 Pastoral Constitution on the Church in

A theological time-bomb

Every year at Christmas time, the Pope meets with the senior officials of the Roman Curia for a review of the year just past and a look into the year

A novena for priests

Young priests are among the great signs of hope in the Catholic Church in the United States today. Eleven months ago, when the Long Lent of 2002 was taking a

Catholic colleges and Catholic confusions

Catholic high school seniors and parents facing the difficult choice of where-to-go-to-college didn’t have their lives made any easier on March 6, when the New York Times published a story

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

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