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A Pope Who Holds Fast

From First Thoughts

This morning On the Square , R.R. Reno takes a closer look at Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times , Peter Sewald’s book-length interview with Pope Benedict XVI. Rather than focusing on the pope’s already much discussed comments on condoms, Reno examines . . . . Continue Reading »

Should We Play Football?

From First Thoughts

In today’s second On the Square piece, Owen Strachan recounts the high human cost of football from NFL defensive backs to high school quarterbacks and asks whether America’s new national pastime is worth the price: Football injures many more than it kills. The number of reported . . . . Continue Reading »

Manna or Monet?

From First Thoughts

This morning “On the Square,” R.R. Reno makes an impassioned plea for the necessity of art. In the face of “diseases to cure,” and “environmental disasters to prevent,” it can be tempting to think of art as a luxury we can’t afford. Quite the contrary, Reno . . . . Continue Reading »

Long Live the King

From the December 2010 Print Edition

Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611–2011 by gordon campbell oxford, 256 pages, $24.95 Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible by robert alter princeton, 208 pages, $19.95 When television viewers tune in this year, as they do every year, to see Linus explain to Charlie . . . . Continue Reading »

Remembering Hiroshima

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It’s a little late in the day to remember this, but today is the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The Catholic Herald has commemorated the day with the remarkable story of eight Jesuit priests who survived the atomic blast although they were less than a mile from the detonation . . . . Continue Reading »

The Rise of the Altar Girls

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Yesterday, reporter of all things Catholic John Allen covered the story of the pentennial International Pilgrimage of Altar Servers that brought an estimated 50,000 alter servers to Rome for a rally with the Holy Father. Of particular interest, Allen notes, was the predominance of female attendees: . . . . Continue Reading »

Fired For Being Catholic? - Update

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Dr. Kenneth Howell, the professor from the University of Illinois who lost his job for his explanation to his Introduction to Catholicism class of the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality, will be allowed to continue teaching the course this fall, according to a letter , dated July 28, . . . . Continue Reading »