In All Things
As a Catholic priest, you can generally count on people to be curious about two things in your life: celibacy and confessions. Have a Q&A with high school students, and if you don’t get a question about chastity within the first five minutes, you know it’s because their teacher told them it wasn’t allowed.
When it comes to questions about confession, things get a little more complicated. The sacrament only works if people can trust that what they say in the confessional will stay...
Tonight political aficionados of every stripe will turn their attention to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where the 71st Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner will take place.
In the midst of all the excitement surrounding the dinner and the speakers, there will be...
Alexander Hamilton is in vogue, with a bestselling biography and an ongoing Broadway hit musical.
As an economist, I cannot help but think about how Hamilton would react to the political campaign of 2016. After all, Hamilton was a New Yorker, a lawyer like Hillary Clinton and a business investor like Donald Trump. Like Trump, he never held elective public office.
He played a key role in George Washington’s general staff in the Revolutionary War, eventually taking command of...
Americans, and white evangelical Christians in particular, have often distinguished themselves from their cynical Old World cousins by maintaining a high bar for the personal moral behavior of their elected officials.
They also tended to link such rectitude to the ability to carry out their public duties effectively.
But whether it is the ugly language and behavior often displayed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, or some other factor, U.S. voters—especially those same...
As Patrick Gilger, S.J., says in his article “ Re-enchanting the World ,” it is hard to find belonging in an age where we lack a sense of common meaning. As a result, Father Gilger explains, protest movements can become a major source of commonality. But, he argues, bonds based on resistance and refusal are fragile if they lack a positive orientation.
Yet, while belonging is tenuous in some ways,...
Often a pope’s first homily after his election is seen as a preview of his pontificate. This is also the case for other Catholic leaders—cardinals and bishops, as well as superiors of religious orders. Their first homilies are often taken as programmatic overviews of their hopes. Of course this overlooks the long tradition that the homily usually centers on the daily Gospel, which has its own particular theme. So, for example, if the Gospel for the day speaks about dietary laws, and the...
The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Venezuelan Province, Superior General.
Father Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 12, 1948. He is the Delegate of the General for the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome. He is a doctor in political sciences from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and has a license in philosophy from the Andrés Bello Catholic University. Father Arturo...
Lorena was 12 years old when her mother went to Spain in search of work. A week later, a friend offered her cocaine for the first time. She took it.
She was angry and distraught over her mom’s decision to migrate, and when she used cocaine and marijuana, she forgot about her mom and everything else. Over the next year, drugs hurt her school work and alienated her from her family; her sisters and uncles criticized her addiction and tried to make her stop. But it was not until her mom...
Jennifer Fulwiler is a lay Catholic writer, speaker and host of The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on "The Catholic Channel," SiriusXM radio channel 129 . A convert to Catholicism from atheism, her books include the bestselling memoir Something Other than God (...