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The Fifty-Day Party

If you can find it in your attic, open your old, pre–Vatican II missal, and look at the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost, which are titled “Sundays after Easter.” Now

Après Gorsuch Le Deluge

Did you find the Gorsuch hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee a depressing exercise in political theater? Are you tired of the members of the “world’s greatest deliberative body” playing

Let’s Not Make a Deal…at Least this Deal

Helping those who have broken away from the Catholic Church come back into full communion is a noble endeavor. But such reconciliations cannot be conducted as if they were the

The Importance of Jackie Robinson

In the history of the modern American civil rights movement, three iconic moments are typically cited. May 17, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Brown v.

The Power of the Cross

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)—a theologian who came to prominence in the Victorian Age—can help us check the Church’s spiritual pulse in the post-modern twenty-first century, thanks to his prescient

A Bishop of Consequence

When I first met Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., more than twenty years ago, I was struck by his boyish demeanor, his exquisite courtesy, and his rock-solid faith. Then the

On “Owning” the Church

The question of “who owns the Church” has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the nineteenth century, “lay

Persuasive Disciples, Not Anarchic Disrupters

We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968. Then, a teenager, I watched U.S. Army tanks patrol

A New Lenten Discipline

For Lent 2016, I adopted a new Forty Days discipline in addition to intensified prayer, daily almsgiving, and letting my liver have its annual vacation: I quit sports talk radio,

A Lent to Remember

Purchase a copy of Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches here. View a special slideshow preview of the photos in Roman Pilgrimage:     The best Lent of my life involved getting up

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