Pope Pius Xii

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Second Vatican Council at 50

AP In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after the … Continued

Christianity’s Evolution Problem

What theological sense can Christians make of a natural world that operates on Darwinian principles?

Beatify the man, not his politics

The May 1st beatification of John Paul II will not bestow the title “the Great” on the first Polish pope. … Continued

In good conscience?

By Jon O’Brien president, Catholics for Choice In his annual speech to the diplomatic corps with credentials at the Vatican, … Continued

Vatican contemplates communication strategy in Twitter era

Traditionally slow to move, the Vatican prepares to jump into the modern communications world.

A problem of his own making

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

20 questions for atheists and believers

I have just finished reading Christopher Hitchens’s memoir Hitch-22, in which he adapts a monthly feature from Vanity Fair magazine … Continued

The forgotten pope who challenged Hitler

By Marvin Hier Earlier this year, eighteen Catholic scholars from the United States, Germany, and Australia, took the unprecedented step … Continued

Sainthood for Miep Gies

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft Adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School The question Roman Catholics throughout the world should … Continued

Selling Vatican jewels

Comedian Sarah Silverman suggested that we “Sell the Vatican. Feed the world.” Speaking on the eve of the October 2009 … Continued

Predictions for 2010

Here are ten predictions with a Catholic America twist for 2010. 1. The changes in the liturgy will upset the … Continued

The Catholic Church’s religious blackmail of secular government

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

The Pope’s Peaceful Trip

Pope Benedict XVI was featured on Jon Stewart’s Comedy Channel faux-news show, meaning that the papal trip to the Holy … Continued

Holocaust Deniers

Is it better to challenge or ignore Holocaust deniers such as Bishop Richard Williamson and Iranian President Mahmoud Amadenijad? Why? … Continued

Ending Schism with a Bang

Because I think anti-Catholicism is as odious as anti-Semitism, I am concerned by the barrage of criticism in the media … Continued

The Vatican, Israel and Anti-Semitism

Back in the 19th century, the Vatican learned that forming Italy into a “Catholic State” governed by Catholic laws was … Continued

Assumptions and Mary

I was in fifth grade when Mary’s Assumption was declared a dogma. My first thought was that the feast day … Continued

Why I Am Not a Catholic Liberal

Labels are dangerous things, and I try to avoid them. But considering all the objectionable labels, the murkiest is “Catholic … 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

Benedict a Man of Conviction, Contradiction

Thinking back on last week with the Pope it struck me that he was, like the words in the old … Continued