Theology

A World Without War

Could war follow the same path to extinction as slavery? It could, and this is a reason not to dismiss the Catholic Church’s call for its abolition.

Vigilante Injustice

The concept of the rule of law helps provide a broader framework that makes sense of the critics and the defenders of the prolife movement after Colorado Springs.

'Eternally Begotten'

"Metaphysics." The word unexpectedly provided me with new reflections on the deepest meaning of the birth of Jesus and the Incarnation—the seen and the unseen.

'Lovely in Eyes Not His'

For the men I met with for a biweekly seminar at a mid-level security prison, the biblical struggle with Satan is an everyday affair, expressed in just those terms.

Letter from Rome

Vatican confirms details of Francis's trip to Mexico; Francesca Chaouqui claims some cardinals want the pope dead; and globalization brings Christmas trees to Rome.

A Joy, Not a Nuisance

People with disabilities present us with a mystery, Jean Vanier once explained; they are the very presence of Jesus. There is something particular in their kindness.

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Year of Mercy heralding "mercy before judgment" in the spirit of Vatican II. But did the liturgy symbolically contradict the message?

Contagious Desire

Almost without exception, students respond favorably to René Girard’s work. In some cases, the encounter with Girard changes their lives--as it has changed mine.

'His Own Received Him Not'

John’s gospel is not a story about shepherds and angels. And for that reason, though it's the assigned reading for Mass on Christmas day, most people won't hear it.

'A History of Loneliness'

John Boyne’s new novel pays attention to the circumstances of priestly life in real-world Catholic Ireland, asking: How does one be a good priest under suspicion?

Hell, Population Zero

The church historically has not been kind to the idea of universal salvation. But there have always been theologians who dared to hope that hell would remain empty.

Letter from Rome

Vatican translators edit piety into pope's speeches; Francis plans 'twelve big gestures to demonstrate God’s mercy' for Jubilee Year; More on 'Vatileaks II' scandal.
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