U.S. Catholicism

The Decline of Catholic Marriages

Why are Catholics going without the sacrament in such large numbers?

Pomp & Circumstances

For supporters of same-sex marriage, Obergefell is definitely a victory. But the victory is not primarily one for the Supreme Court—or for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Privacy, not Equal Protection

Articulating a basis for the Court’s judgment that's preferable to the somewhat diffuse mix of rationales on which Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority relies.

The Next Step

'Laudato si’' develops a notion of solidarity within and between generations, not only with fellow human beings but with the whole earth and all its creatures.

'Under God'

Whether or not U.S. support for LGBT rights goes beyond the rhetorical, societies still viewing themselves as “under God” will bridle at this sudden turn about.
Msgr. Dario Viganò

Letter from Rome

As Francis plans to overhaul the Holy See's media management, a bishop-psychotherapist is assigned to help remove "playboy priests" from an infamous Italian diocese.

The Acceleration of History

The core liberal conviction about the Supreme Court still rings true: it is most constructive when power is used to vindicate the rights of beleaguered minorities.

'Everything Is Connected'

For Francis, climate change is part of a larger ecological crisis -- that itself is part of a larger ethical failure involving how we treat the poor and the unborn.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Anne Enright's new novel suggests something simple—family, for good or ill, keeps forming us even when we try to escape it—but her prose constantly surprises.

Barney Frank: A Life in Politics

Amusing and engaging, Barney Frank's stories (from sixteen terms in Congress) tell what kinds of “inside politicking” informed the presidencies of LBJ through Obama.

An Unlikely Union

Paul Moses's history of Irish-Italian relations in 19th century New York delves into the causes for "race war" between the immigrant groups and how they overcame it.

Letter from Rome

Can Cardinal Pell – or any Catholic – simply ignore the new encyclical or the parts they don’t like? Many have done so before, not least concerning Humanae Vitae.
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