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The Lay Reform of Church and World

Two volumes recently published by Encounter Books address key issues in the New Evangelization. The first, Marcello Pera’s Why We Must Call Ourselves Christians, is another effort by a distinguished

9/11, Benedict XVI, and Regensburg

In the flood of commentary surrounding the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I found but one reference to a related anniversary of considerable importance: the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s

Tim Tebow and Christophobia

Two weeks into the NFL season, ESPN ran a Sunday morning special exploring why the third-string quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow, had become the most polarizing figure in

Father Barron’s “Catholicism”

In the fall of 1972, a group of us, philosophy majors all, approached our dean of studies, Father Bob Evers, with a request: Under the supervision of a faculty member,

Russian Orthodoxy and Lenin’s Tomb

Almost forty years ago, an aging Anglican clergyman told me a story about his first trip to Paris as a boy – perhaps in the 1920s. His grandfather had called

The Gentlemanly Art of the Insult

One of the (many) signs of our cultural decline is that verbal insults, these days, are almost invariably scatological or sexual, provoking a blizzard of asterisks whenever A wants to

In Praise of Peter Berger

At the end of his new intellectual memoir, Adventures of an Accidental Sociology: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore (Prometheus Books), Peter L. Berger recounts a telling

Among the “Progressed”

Thomas Merton is usually thought of as a liberal or progressive Catholic, which in many respects he was: he certainly tilted left politically, on civil rights and Vietnam; he wanted

Martyrdom in Pakistan

Sixty-four years ago, on August 14, 1947, Great Britain’s empire in the Indian subcontinent was divided into the independent, self-governing Dominions of India and Pakistan. The division of the subcontinent

Benedict XVI on Europe’s Future

World Youth Day 2011, to be held in Madrid from August 16-21, will be an important moment in Pope Benedict XVI’s campaign to remind Europe of its Christian roots and

The First—and Last—"European"?

One of the great bits of repartee in The King’s Speech comes as the maverick Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, is just getting to know His Royal Highness Prince Albert,

Why Hasn’t Francis Ford Been Beatified?

In a 2010 interview with Catholic World Report, Cardinal Joseph Zen, S.D.B., the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, wondered aloud about the Catholic Church’s reticence to acknowledge those who had

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