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Reviewing Papal Economics

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Each summer, First Things hosts a Dominican student brother from the Province of Saint Joseph as a summer intern. The first student brother hosted was Br. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. in 2011, who entered the Dominicans in 2008 having studied pre-modern Japanese literature at Columbia University. . . . . Continue Reading »

Of Saints and Conscience

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Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints, and I think the most quoted statement from Pope Francis’  Angelus message for the feast is, “The Saints are not supermen . . . .” The Holy Father, of course, says this to remind us that the saints are indeed people with . . . . Continue Reading »

Joshua Cave Art Exhibit

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This evening, First Things premieres its series of art exhibits with Life Drawing by Joshua Cave . Cave, a versatile artist working as a painter, sculptor, installation artist, and writer in New York City, received his BFA from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA in 2008. Working with diverse forms . . . . Continue Reading »

Mother Teresa and Her Address to Harvard

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Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Blessed Mother Teresa. A great work to revisit is her famous 1982 Harvard Class Day Address found here. Yes, there is hunger. Maybe not the hunger for a piece of bread, but there is a terrible hunger for love. There is a terrible hunger for the word . . . . Continue Reading »

LCWR’s Missed Opportunity for a Deep Theology of Woman

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Last month, Pope Francis, upon returning to Rome from World Youth Day in Brazil, spoke of the Church’s need to develop “a profound theology of womanhood.” A few weeks ago the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) met in Orlando, Florida for their annual assembly, and in their conference exercises, one can only be disappointed with their response to the Pope’s call… . Continue Reading »