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The Church and the Holocaust, yet again

They just won’t quit, will they? Late last year, Knopf published Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s book, A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled

The Christmas Mystery

As John Saward reminds us in his new book on Christmas, Cradle of Redeeming Love, a “mystery” of faith is not a “mystery” in Sherlock Holmes’ sense of the term.

Moral Clarity in a Time of War

This article was adapted from the second William E. Simon Lecture In Book Three of Tolstoy’s epic, War and Peace, the hero, Pierre Bezukhov, arrives at the battlefield of Borodino

Contradictions? Or confusions?

Discussing her documentary, “John Paul II: The Millennial Pope,” in a recent interview, the distinguished film-maker Helen Whitney noted that “There was nothing easy about that film….He is a tower

Salvation Is Not For Sale

After expounding a general theory of the universe, a famous scientist was once asked where God fit into the picture. “God?” he replied. “I have no need of that hypothesis.”<msonormal$3>That’s

"We are not a Museum"

During the day of prayer for peace in Assisi on January 24, thirteen religious leaders read a “final declaration.” The first “commitment,” read by Dr. Konrad Reiser, general secretary of

World Religions by the Numbers

Every January, the International Bulletin of Missionary Research publishes a “Statistical Table on Global Mission” – a detailed look at the world religious situation prepared by the mathematically indefatigable David

Cloning, Science, and Us

The specter of Francis Bacon, the English philosopher and statesman who died in 1626, haunts the U.S. Senate’s debate over cloning in 2002. Bacon, founding father of the scientific method

What Makes A Novel "Catholic"

Books-on-tape are a wonderful invention. They’re perfect for convalescents and folks with deteriorating eyesight; they redeem many a long stretch on the Interstates. They also give us the pleasure of

Busyness, Misconstrued

Driving down a Washington thoroughfare recently, I was passed by a Metrobus with a stunning rear advertisement—so stunning, in fact, that I pulled in behind the bus at its next

Revisiting Franz Werfel

A few months ago, facing a fifteen-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia, I called a friend, a distinguished literary critic, and asked, “What are the big great novels

Liberating Obedience

In the second act of Camelot, King Arthur’s bastard son Mordred, a poisonous weed in the garden of the Round Table, mocks “the seven deadly virtues” in some of Alan

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