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To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II

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Prophetic witness, then and now

Norman Podhoretz, who was arguably America’s most influential magazine editor during his thirty-five year tenure at Commentary, has been in love with the Hebrew Bible his entire life. Returning to

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,

"Xavier Rynne," R.I.P.

No reporter or op-ed columnist ever refers to the Dalai Lama as a “liberal” Buddhist or a “conservative” Buddhist. I suspect that’s because everyone understands that Buddhism is far too

Martyrs in Algeria

On March 27, 1996, Muslim extremists kidnaped seven Trappist monks from their monastery in the Atlas Mountains near Algiers. After two months, the Groupe Islamique Arme (GIA) announced that the

Truths and Consequences

Kevin Hasson of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty – a nonpartisan, public interest law firm that defends the free expression of all religious traditions – is one of the

The Sky Is Not Falling

Bjorn Lomborg, who describes himself as an “old left-wing Greenpeace member” and teaches statistics at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, was wandering around Los Angeles in early 1997 when

The Courage To Be Judgemental

Yale undergraduate Alison Hornstein became a national celebrity this past December when her guest Newsweek column challenged the inability of her classmates and professors to say that what happened on

Leon Kass: A national treasure

Leon Kass may be the most morally earnest man I’ve ever met. His students at the University of Chicago revere him as a teacher who, quite literally, changed their lives.

"Joy is the Infallible Sign of God’s Presence"

It’s perhaps the most touching American tradition in Rome—the tolling of the bells at the Pontifical North American College, high atop the Janiculum Hill overlooking St. Peter’s, when a priest

The Opportunity to Be a Lincoln

Joseph Ellis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning study, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, reminds us that, when considering the historic contributions of such giants as George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson,

Silence, No; Deafness, Yes

Over the three years it took to prepare Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II, I came to a reluctant but firm conclusion: the Holy Father has been

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