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Benedict’s Dilemma

From the June/July 2023 Print Edition

In his 2005 Christmas address to the Roman Curia, the recently elected Pope ­Benedict XVI said that one main task of the Second Vatican Council had been to clarify the relation between Church and state. The pope stated that in the twentieth century, “Catholic statesmen demonstrated that a modern . . . . Continue Reading »

Catholic Colonialism

From the December 2020 Print Edition

In Apostles of Empire, ­Bronwen McShea seeks to free the Jesuits of New France from what she calls the “iconic tableaux” in which they have long been trapped: as expatriated ascetics fleeing French civilization to set up otherworldly, yet enculturated, Catholic havens in the harsh climate . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesuits Respond to R. R. Reno

From First Thoughts

Dear Dr. Reno: Your First Things article “A Stubborn Givenness” (April 12, 2016) sought to explain Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia in terms of his being a Jesuit, following the trajectory you began in the article “Francis, Our Jesuit Pope” (September 23, 2013). “Stubborn,” in a more . . . . Continue Reading »