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Letter from Rome

Criticism and applause for Francis's newly created process to try bishops accused of covering up sex abuse; Where have certain "bad" bishops from the U.S. ended up?

Choosing the Better Part

In Robin Lane Fox's biography of St. Augustine, Augustine doesn’t convert to Christianity; he converts to whatever you get when you put aside worldly ambition.

Religion Booknotes | Summer 2016

Early stories of Jews, Christians, and Muslims; the politics of celibacy and marriage; reflections from Cardinal Kasper; afterlife and wealth in early Christianity.

'Shared Stories, Rival Tellings'

Gregg looks at five of the two dozen stories with characters shared by the Jewish Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an, interpreting how they are told in each tradition.

Obama & Hiroshima's Moral Lessons

As a student of Reinhold Niebuhr, President Obama has sought out occasions on which he could preach about the ironies and uncertainties of human action.

Take That, Max Weber

The affection and tenderness of the "Irish Journal" is a stark contrast to Heinrich Böll’s bitter novellas and short stories of the same years.

Protect Thy Neighbor

Instead of jettisoning the just-war tradition, it would be better for the church to be more willing to condemn wars when they fail to meet its rigorous demands.

Is the GOP Losing Its Religion?

In the 2016 campaign, there's a profound pessimism among conservative Christians that contrasts sharply with the movement’s hopeful spirit in its Reagan Era heyday.
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Last Word: Lives That Testify

"Deeply Christian, she has no desire to impose her religion on others, but only to work together to make her country better. Her open, humble practice stays with me"

Consenting Adults

Historian Frank Oakley rejects the idea that that Greece and Rome were secular. He insists that the “seedbed" for individual rights lies in the Latin Middle Ages.

Letter from Rome

Cardinals grapple with Francis's unclear "but-also" logic; Bishops hesitate to implement changes pope called for three years ago; What will happen to Vatican Radio?

Stop the Killing

The stark clarity of Dylann Roof’s case should actually serve to underscore all the reasons to hope and work for an end to the death penalty.
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