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Pope Benedict, ‘Geologian’

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

The Pope Meets Chardin

Pope Benedict’s words on July 17, before a crowd of more than 140,000 on a dock in Sydney harbor, provided … Continued

Why I Took Holy Communion

I took Holy Communion at Tim Russert’s funeral mass. I am not a Catholic. I wrote about it for “On … 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

Tolerance, Not Approval

The problem with ideologues in politics is their attempt to make a science of something that is an art. Unlike … Continued

My (Forthcoming) Confession

Gary Stern of the Journal Newsreported that in the wake of Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States, some seminaries … Continued

The New Evangelicalism: “Not to Attack or Exclude”

The strikingly new note in the Evangelical Manifesto is that it intends to be conciliatory. In affirming that they totally … 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

Going to Church in Abu Dhabi

When I told my in-laws that their daughter and I were moving to the Middle East, it was exactly what … Continued

Pope Rebuilding After Bad Start

The Pope has begun to build bridges with the Islamic world after a disastrous start, but, despite his attempts to … 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

Mixed Reactions: One Jewish Perspective

The integration of religion fully into our lives, including the need to use it to address the great moral issues … 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

Obama’s Catholic Crisis: The Spin Doctors Speak

As with most analysts who cover the 2008 election I receive my share of spin-related e-mails (referred to from here … Continued