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How Christopher Columbus Created a New (Cosmic) Race

Why Latin Americans celebrate Columbus Day as the birthday of a new breed within the human family.

What is the Jewish vote? And who’s earned it to win the White House?

EPA An ultra-Orthodox Jewish voter, right, and a friend fill out write-in ballots in booths set up in a building … Continued

Arizona’s show me your stigma law

AP Members of Promise Arizona, Leonila Martinez, left, Patricia Rosas, and Gustavo Cruz, right, react to the United States Supreme … Continued

The state of hate

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Arizona’s immoral, un-American law

Most Americans (61%) support Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law (Arizona SB 1070), even though they think it is likely to discriminate … Continued

Catholic America’s Latino roots

I was among those happily surprised to see the nomination of Archbishop José H. Gómez as next Archbishop of Los … Continued

Spirituality makes a comeback

A recent Pew survey points to a drift away from institutionalized religion and a robust tendency towards spirituality. I’ll leave … Continued

A Bishop’s Early Retirement

The Aug. 31 press conference when Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino announced his resignation raised my admiration of the Catholic Church. … Continued

White, Anglo-Saxon Male Judgments

No religion, gender or ethnicity disqualified a person from become a Supreme Court justice, but how should a particular judge’s … Continued

Anti-Abortion Leader to Testify at Sotomayor Hearing

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, will be the only anti-abortion leader testifying at … Continued

Puerto Rico’s Justice

While much of the world’s attention is focused on protests in Iran, Puerto Rico quietly advances its case against U.S. … Continued

Las Nuevas Caras del Catolicismo Americano

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. It has become a cliché to say that Hispanics are the future … Continued

Is She Catholic? Does It Matter?

God in Government blogger Jacqueline L. Salmon notes that the blogosophere is buzzing with speculation about Supreme Court nominee Sonia … Continued

Obama Disappoints (Some) Catholics

Based on his first hundred days, President Obama has disappointed conservative Catholics who insisted he was (1) pro-abortion, (2) shared … Continued

Jews, Blessed Charlie and Catholic Holy Week

I remember how on Good Friday we Catholics once prayed for the “perfidious Jews.” Dutifully, I asked a seminary professor … Continued

Broken Vows

When Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, was introduced as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate of 2008, there was an announcement … Continued

Thanksgiving: A Holy Day at Home for All

Each Thanksgiving in our family going back to my dearly departed abuelita from Puerto Rico, the very American turkey has … Continued

God’s Will and the Weather

Not too long ago, a spokesperson for the Evangelical Focus on the Family made an online appeal asking Christians to … Continued

Joan of Arc and Hillary Clinton

One reason the phony accusation of “lesbian” stuck to Hillary Clinton is pants-suits. As bizarre as it sounds, there is … Continued

Priests Working Part-Time, Short-Term

There is no such thing as a part-time Catholic priest: the sacramental character of Holy Orders is permanent. However, a … Continued