Catholic and Vatican Affairs

At the Center of the Human Drama

According to ancient custom and church law, a bishop must make a pilgrimage to Rome every five years to pray at the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul. In

John Paul II and the Priority of Culture

That no good deed goes unpunished is nicely illustrated by the terms in which several biographers have recognized John Paul II as a seminal figure in the Revolution of 1989.

John Paul II — Preparing the 21st Century

Even at the height of Hollywood’s infatuation with things Catholic, no screenwriter would have dared propose such a storyline: Months after his country regains its independence, a son is born

John Paul II — Preparing the 21st Century

Even at the height of Hollywood’s infatuation with things Catholic, no screenwriter would have dared propose such a storyline: Months after his country regains its independence, a son is born

Homecoming

“Before he got here I was worried,” a Polish friend confessed during John Paul II’s homecoming pilgrimage this past June. “I thought the people might be tired of him. But

Pope 007?

His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time. By Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi. Doubleday. 582 pp. $27.50. On October 21, 1978, five days after the

The Quinn Proposals

  The debate on the future of the papacy and the Roman Curia launched this past June 29 by the retired archbishop of San Francisco, John Quinn, in a lecture

The Catholic Human Rights Revolution

dignitatis humanae – the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom – is frequently described as an expression of Christian personalism, because of its teaching that every human being has

The Pope in America

Over the past four years, Pope John Paul II has developed what is arguably the most sophisticated moral, philosophical, and theological analysis of democracy on offer in the world today.

Commentary on the Pope at the U.N.

John Paul II did more than offer a striking tour d’horizon of international life on the threshold of the third millennium when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly. He also

The Vatican and the Worlds of this World

Amidst all the world’s other problems—the possible outbreak of a general Balkan war, genocide in the south of Sudan, the continued unraveling of other African states, troublesome hints of a

A Cautionary Tale

I too have been amazed at the astonishing pace of historical change over the past decade; and I agree that this change requires us to undertake a careful moral reflection

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