John Paul II

The Two Americas

By the dawn’s early light on Nov. 5, two distinct Americas hove into view. The two Americas are not defined by conventional economic, ethnic or religious categories; it’s not rich

Flawed Thinking

I want to offer a response to Nicholas Cafardi, M. Cathleen Kaveny, and Douglas Kmiec’s “A Catholic Brief for Obama“–which was itself a response to my essay on the subject.

On the Death, and Aging, of Princes

The death of Cardinal Bernardin Gantin of Benin this past May 13 marked the passing of one of world Catholicism’s noblemen. Born in what was then the French colony of

The Presumptions of a Pastoral Letter

Twenty-five years ago, in early May 1983, the Catholic bishops of the United States approved what many imagined would be a historic public policy statement: The Challenge of Peace [TCOP].

The Pope and the Universities

Benedict XVI had barely left the Catholic University of America on April 17 when the Catholic higher education establishment’s spin machine shifted into high gear. One university president said that

The Spiritual Fatherhood of John Paul II

The annual men’s pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Piekary Slaskie is one of the premier religious¬†events in the Polish industrial region of Upper Silesia. Held every year in on

Adding Spice to the American Mix

Pope Benedict XVI’s first papal incursion into the United States is, basically, a trip to the United Nations with a pastoral visit wrapped around it. For the life of the

A Pope of Historic Vision

John Paul II arrived in Warsaw on June 2, 1979; there and then, he ignited the revolution of conscience that would give birth to the Solidarity movement, the Revolution of

The Ignatian Possibility Today

In the early 1990s, I was given lunch at the Roman headquarters of the Society of Jesus by two very–no, make that extremely–high-ranking Jesuits. The table-talk turned to a fascinating

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

On the Tenth Anniversary of a Breakdown

In the late summer of 1997, I fled Washington with 20 linear feet of files, a Toshiba laptop, and two magnums of Kentucky’s finest, and hightailed it to Divine Redeemer

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

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