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William Doino Jr. is a contributor to Inside the Vatican magazine, among many other publications, and writes often about religion, history and politics. He contributed an extensive bibliography of works on Pius XII to The Pius War: Responses to the Critics of Pius XII.en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)email@example.com (The Editors)Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:36:30 -0400https://d25wp47b6tla3u.cloudfront.net/img/favicon-196.pngFirst Things RSS Feed Image
60A Paulist Priest’s Wonderful Lifehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/a-paulist-priests-wonderful-life
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400At ninety-five, Fr. James Lloyd is the
oldest living Paulist priest
. But you’d never know that from following his busy schedule. Each day, at his quarters in Manhattan, he recites his morning prayers, celebrates or concelebrates Mass, hears confessions, and practices the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. As evening approaches, he has dinner with friends, recites the rosary, then retires to bed, eager to begin a new cycle the next day.
Flannery O’Connor’s Genius and Gracehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/flannery-oconnors-genius-and-grace
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400Before she died at the age of thirty-nine, Flannery O’Connor dismissed the idea of a biography—believing her long illness and quiet life on a Georgia farm wouldn’t interest anyone: “Lives spent between the house and the chicken yard do not make exciting copy.”
]]>Patty Duke’s Unforgettable Lifehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/patty-dukes-unforgettable-life
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400Patty Duke burst onto the Broadway stage in 1959, at age twelve. She was cast as Helen Keller, opposite her teacher—and “miracle worker”—Annie Sullivan, portrayed by Anne Bancroft in William Gibson’s play of the same name.
]]>Pius XII’s Duel with Hitlerhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/pius-xiis-duel-with-hitler
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400When Mark Riebling’s
Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War against Hitler
appeared last year, it earned
. Well written and meticulously researched, Riebling’s book highlights a series of long-forgotten episodes from World War II: Pius XII’s daring efforts to kill Adolf Hitler and end his genocidal regime. Now, thanks to filmmaker
, Riebling’s book has been turned into an equally gripping docudrama,
Pope vs. Hitler
. Propelled by a taut script, Cassel’s film recreates these events with powerful acting and scenery, interspersed with commentary from historical experts.
]]>The Myth of the Moderate Catholichttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/the-myth-of-the-moderate-catholic
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400If there is one word Christians should be wary of, in the political and religious spheres, it is “moderate.” Though it denotes a prudent, middle-of-the-road approach to contested issues, “moderation” is often ascribed to people who hold very
]]>Loving Our Enemieshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/loving-our-enemies
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Of all the teachings of the Gospel, one of the least heeded is the command to love and pray for our enemies. Though embedded in the Sermon on the Mount, Our Lord’s words on this subject often go mysteriously missing in exhortations to the faithful. And one would be hard-pressed to find many references to them in the socio-political debates that often consume Christians. But the authority and starkness of Christ’s words cannot be avoided, for they highlight an essential requirement of being His disciple:
]]>Martyr of the First Commandmenthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/martyr-of-the-first-commandment
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400In 1945, during the final stages of World War II, the lifeless body of Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian Catholic layman, was pulled from a cattle car at a train station in Erlangen, Germany. The train, packed with forty prisoners, had been bound for Dachau, the infamous concentration camp, where Mayr-Nusser had been condemned. But Nazi maltreatment of him had been so severe, up until then, that he died en route from pneumonia. When his corpse was discovered, it was found with a Bible and rosary.
]]>Archbishop Chaput Leads the Wayhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/07/archbishop-chaput-leads-the-way
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:45:00 -0400When Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput released his “
Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia
,” he accomplished two things.
]]>Healing Memories through Divine Mercyhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/07/healing-memories-through-divine-mercy
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Of all the issues people don’t like discussing, high on the list is the emotional and spiritual pain caused by a personal loss or trauma.
]]>A President in Denialhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/a-president-in-denial
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400After the June 12
massacre in Orlando, the deadliest act of terrorism in the United States since 9/11, many Americans hoped that President Obama would say something healing and unifying to the nation. Given how polarized our nation has become, this would naturally prove challenging. But surely the President should at least try.