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A tale of two translations

Here’s a tale of two translations that doesn’t involve the liturgical tong wars. Permit me a brief but crucial Latin phrase. In the 1965 Pastoral Constitution on the Church in

A theological time-bomb

Every year at Christmas time, the Pope meets with the senior officials of the Roman Curia for a review of the year just past and a look into the year

Force of law, law of force

The juxtaposition of “the force of law and the law of force,” a trope that got established in the Catholic conversation months before armed force was used to enforce disarmament

A novena for priests

Young priests are among the great signs of hope in the Catholic Church in the United States today. Eleven months ago, when the Long Lent of 2002 was taking a

The Pope and the Genius

In his new poem, “Roman Triptych,” John Paul II makes extensive references to the Sistine Chapel, which has a special hold on his mind, heart, and soul. Karol Wojtyla is

A saint from Lackawanna?

Even its most ardent partisans concede that the Buffalo area has hit a fallow period. Once a major Great Lakes port, Buffalo, terminus of the Erie Canal, was a gateway

No just war possible?

For sixteen years, Archbishop Renato Martino did important service for the Church at the United Nations, where he was the Holy See’s Permanent Observer. He vigorously defended the cause of

The Just War Case for the War

It didn’t happen in France, when the question recently was what to do about chaos in Cote d’Ivoire. It didn’t happen in the European Union in the 1990s, when the

Catholic colleges and Catholic confusions

Catholic high school seniors and parents facing the difficult choice of where-to-go-to-college didn’t have their lives made any easier on March 6, when the New York Times published a story

Great bosh

Perhaps it was because I had just spent a week lecturing in England. But when I read the latest charge that my views on just war and Iraq constituted “dissent”

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

In the Carmel of Cologne

Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, co-patroness of Europe and martyr of Auschwitz, was one of the most remarkable women of the modern Church. Born into a devout

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