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Civil Religion in America Then and Now

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Yesterday, I discussed with my class Robert Bellah’s famous 1967 essay entitled “ Civil Religion in America .” In a time when news commentators and some scholars express concern that there is too much religion in American politics, Bellah’s essay reminds us that religion has . . . . Continue Reading »

Women's Dignity in the Workplace

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Do women have to act like men when they enter the professions? The person who has most helped me to ponder this question is Edith Stein: an intellectual and a woman of deep faith who worked in philosophy and education. Stein was raised Jewish in Germany, became atheist, converted to . . . . Continue Reading »

World Youth Day 2011: Insights on Young Catholicism

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What does it mean for Catholicism when young Catholics gather from around the world to hear Pope Benedict XVI celebrate Mass, as 1.5. million of them did Sunday, August 21 in Madrid for World Youth Day? Veteran Vatican-watcher John Allen argued in a DePaul University talk last April that the most significant trend in Catholicism today is the recovery of traditional markers of Catholic identity, practice, and language by engaged young Catholics. … Continue Reading »