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When The Bullet Hits The Bullet

History is not without a sense of humor, particularly when it comes to deflating a politician trying to substitute what he imagines to be wit for serious argument. Carl Levin,

High-Octane Catholicism

CRACOW. The Dominican basilica of the Holy Trinity, just off the market square of Cracow’s Old Town, hosts a weekly Sunday evening Mass for university students. The liturgy is magnificent:

"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

Obstacles to Christian Unity

In an interview prior to the May meeting of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, Germany, claimed that the papacy is “the principal obstacle” to progress toward

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,

Notes on a Consistory

ROME. Press speculation about the “real” agenda of the extraordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals in May was even more fevered than usual. Every reporter I talked with was

Is “Europe” Finished?

On May 3, the United States lost the seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission it had held since 1947. Among the human rights paragons who did get elected

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

Beyond the "Clash of Civilizations"

One of the most intriguing proposals for thinking about the post-Cold War world is Harvard professor Samuel Huntington’s suggestion that global politics in the twenty-first century will be channeled along

Child Abuse

Some people never quite get it. Take Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who is said to be contemplating a run for the presidency. In his new book, Conscience of a Liberal:

Thunder "Down Under"

It’s difficult to recognize the George Pell I’ve known for thirty-five years in Australian press reports on the new Archbishop of Sydney. According to a feature story in the Sydney

The Pignedoli Principle

In light of the many speculations about papabili after February’s consistory, I am pleased to announce the Pignedoli Principle, to wit: a man’s chances of becoming pope decrease in proportion

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