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The Straight Lines of Providence

From Web Exclusives

The homily from the Mass for the twentieth anniversary of the reception into the Catholic Church of Richard John Neuhaus: The genealogy of Jesus Christ is something of a homiletic challenge. But Saint Matthew recorded it, and so the Church presents it to us, though not often. We find it, appropriately enough, on this feast of the nativity of Our Lady, and also as the gospel for the vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord… . Continue Reading »

Coming Attractions

From the February 2010 Print Edition

The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing The Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr. Doubleday, 480 pages, $28 About three hundred pages into his comprehensive analysis of the Catholic present and likely future, John Allen sketches a scene that summarizes his book: “Ironically, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Great Convivium

From the April 2009 Print Edition

Cardinal Ratzinger said in his funeral homily for John Paul the Great: “This is not the time to speak of the specific content of this rich pontificate.” Likewise, this is not the time to speak about the specific content of the rich literary life and public achievements of Fr. Richard John . . . . Continue Reading »

Unsettling Canada

From the October 2004 Print Edition

For Canada’s social conservatives, the recent federal election offered cause for encouragement, cause for anxiety, and cause for alarm. That one election could produce such unsettled and unsettling results is evidence of what a tumultuous year it has been in Canadian politics. Since 1993, the . . . . Continue Reading »

Two Popes

From the October 2003 Print Edition

Twenty-five years as pope is no small thing. When John Paul II celebrates his papal jubilee this October 16, he will be only the third pope in history to have done so. So rare is the milestone that when Pius IX (1846-1878) reached it in 1871 his image was placed over the famous bronze statue of St. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Politics of Incivility

From the March 2001 Print Edition

It was perhaps the most unusual statement in a political year full of surprises. Stockwell Day, new leader of a new conservative political party, the Canadian Alliance, was under attack for his evangelical Christian faith, and sought relief from a hostile press corps by attempting a reductio ad . . . . Continue Reading »