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The Ukrainian Crisis and the Geopolitics of Christendom

The secularized former Christendom is facing off against a Russia that wants to reclaim its imperialist - and Christian - past.

A Pearl in the Desert: San Xavier del Bac

I arrive at the Mission, having driven past the casino and its glittering billboard, stucco and neon mixing garishly among the saguaro. I've come to take pictures of this beautiful but challenging monument, indulging my photographic interest in a place rich in Catholic tradition that I have somehow never heard of before coming to this [...]

The Dream of a Catholic Center Party

Do you feel a twinge of despair at what is happening in the American political stadium? Are there any Catholic voters daunted at the prospect of having to choose between two narcissist egomaniacs come November, to say nothing of the bizarre characters parading about in the Republican primary? Are you irked by the relentless, dumbed-down [...]

Our Tradition: The Untimid Voice of Orestes Brownson

One Friday night in 1845, less than a year after his conversion to Catholicism, Orestes Brownson was spending the evening in a small public inn near the center of Andover, Massachusetts. For the last thirty-seven years Andover had been the home of the Congregationalist seminary known as the “West Point of Orthodoxy.” Founded by Jedidiah [...]

Aggiornamento: An Historical Analysis

It is hard to deny that the Roman Catholic Church is in a period of decline almost everywhere — Africa being the major exception. Nuns, monks, and priests leave their vocation. Seminaries are depleted. Bishops and the clergy often seem more interested in social work, social justice, and questions of war and peace, than in [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

The case of Charles Curran, as it has come to be called, deserves all the considered attention that it can receive. The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome has demanded that Father Charles Curran "retract those positions [he has publicly stated] which violate the conditions necessary for a professor to be [...]

Observations: Reverence in Ministry

I’ve just about had it with Eucharistic ministers. Yesterday, as I stood at the altar consuming the Precious Blood, a Eucharistic minister reached in front of me and leaned under the upturned cup to grab a ciborium. She had not yet received from the cup, and evidently did not intend to, for she spun around [...]