Social Justice

The Way Forward on Guns

Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is -- or at least should be -- with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded...

Redeemed from Death?

As I begin what will be my seventh (!) decade as a Catholic, I find that I am less and less sure of what Catholics believe.Oh, I know our opinions. Especially...

Finding Facts, Making Stories

In one of the most anticipated plays of the season, Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, Tom Hanks stars as Mike McAlary, a writer who worked his way to stardom at three New...

Walled In

Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, oversees counterterrorism and intelligence gathering in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It also bears...

Why ‘Francis’?

Of the many virtues associated with St. Francis of Assisi, humility was the first to occur to me as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stood before the multitude for...

The Church in Latin America

A Latin-American pope! From Chile to Mexico—and among U.S. Latinos—there was a collective gasp of surprise and excitement over the news of the conclave’s election...

Complicit?

Virtually everyone in Latin America (and North America as well) had every reason to be thrilled with the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, cardinal archbishop...

A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift...

When in Rome...

It's been a long time since I have read a book about the church that made me laugh out loud. In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis presents many stories that will...

Polarization, Church and Country

What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and...

‘The Gospel Is Hard’

One of the most striking things about Jesus as recorded in the Gospels—at least to me—is how directly he speaks to people. Yes, he often taught through parables—...

After the Gun Show

I was a young Episcopal seminarian in the 1960s and in the spirit of Martin Luther King could often be found on picket lines marching in support of the social...
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Book Reviews

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Blackballed

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

The World Beyond Your Head

April 16, 2015 | 0 comments

No Turning Back

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Discovering What Matters Most

December 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments