Pope Benedict XVI

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Catholic College Students Behaving Badly

The results of a new national survey of students at Catholic colleges and universities are dismal–that is, if one expects … Continued

Wrestling With the Theo-Con

The only thing worse than a politician posing as an intellectual may be an intellectual posing as a politician. The … Continued

Catholicism and Same-Sex Marriage

The Catholic bishops of Connecticut support a State Constitutional Convention to draft provisions for blocking gay marriages. Last week, the … Continued

Only Bad Capitalists Go to Heaven

The Catholic Church teaches that only bad capitalists go to heaven. If you are a “good” capitalist who believes in … Continued

Grandmothers To Pope: Drop Edict

Over 500 years ago, Indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere first experienced the arrival of the Europeans (Spaniards and Italians … Continued

Kermit the Christ

I suppose you could call it “Kermit-Christ.” An equally odd but more matter of fact description would be “the crucified … Continued

Barack, Thy Name is Biblical

Vilifying Barack Obama’s name has become a favorite blood sport in the 2008 presidential campaign. Recent examples range from repeated … Continued

Pope Benedict, ‘Geologian’

I wish that Pope Benedict XVI had arrived at the dock in Sydney harbor in a native canoe rather than … Continued

Religion and the Secular Conscience

We often hear that some new scientific discovery has confirmed ancient religious teaching. It now appears that this hearkening back … Continued

Latin Days are Here Again?

(Written for Newsweek.) Is Pope Benedict XVI determined to restore the Latin Mass that many Catholics thought had been consigned … Continued

Why Theology is Not Catechism

People cite the Catholic catechism as if its formulations settle all theological reflection. If the faith is to stay relevant … Continued

Obama The Unchurched: It Was Good Enough For Lincoln

Barack Obama had no choice but to resign his church membership, after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s fiery comments about race … Continued

Church Lags Behind, Again

Whether marriage is a function of the state or the religious institution is not the issue, since the two have … Continued

Revisiting Pope Pius XII

Since the early 1960s, it has been fashionable to condemn Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) for keeping “silent” during the Holocaust … Continued

Approving Catholic Commencement Speakers

Each year, the choice of commencement speakers and honorees becomes an occasion for debate about the religious identity of many … Continued

The 800 Pound Gorilla in the Sanctuary

On balance, the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States achieved its basic goals of stating remorse for … Continued

Pope Looked Outward, but Not Inward

The Question: In his speech to U.S. bishops last week, Pope Benedict XVI said: “Any tendency to treat religion as … Continued

Benedict’s Choice Is No Choice

The Question: In his speech to U.S. bishops last week, Pope Benedict XVI said: “Any tendency to treat religion as … Continued

The Public Nature of the Human Soul

The Question: In his speech to U.S. bishops last week, Pope Benedict XVI said: “Any tendency to treat religion as … Continued

No and Yes to Benedict XVI

The Question: In his speech to U.S. bishops last week, Pope Benedict XVI said: “Any tendency to treat religion as … Continued