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  • St Andrews, Scotland—No one might expect that a short trip to Scotland would generate more than one posting, but I cannot resist a brief report to supplement Saturday’s post .

    I had gone to the 5 p.m. Mass at St. James on Saturday, in the rather small cathedral a little distant from the center of town (a size and location in part due to Reformation era disputes). Then, on Sunday...

  • Cathedral, St Andrews Scotland

    It is hard to get away from campus during the semester, and the end of September is a busy time at Harvard. Nevetheless, I have traveled to St Andrews, on the Northeast coast of Scotland, for a series of events marking the completion of a “Year of Interfaith Dialogue” hosted by Professor Mario Aguilar at the venerable St Andrews University, founded in 1413. Aguilar , a Camaldolese Benedictine hermit in the Benedictine...

  • The importance of Russia in the U.S. presidential campaign has been bizarre. Not the least bizarre part of it is The New York Times’ role in amplifying it. Last week the Times published a front-page story about Russia extending its influence in Europe through the Russian Orthodox Church. The reporter Andrew Higgins described the church as fervently opposed to “homosexuality and any attempt to put...

  • I’ve noticed that when concerned Catholics talk about “engaging” with the online universe, they usually restrict the discussion to

    whether to do so or not, and how to do so in a way that doesn’t overmuch disrupt one’s private piety.

    We’re stuck, therefore, on that first-step level of finally admitting that being religious doesn't entitle us to forgo basic religious responsibilities with regard to the internet. We furthermore tend to simplify the challenge of practicing faith online...

  • James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and writer who serves as editor-at-large of America .

    Father Martin’s writing has appeared in Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, The Tablet, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, O Magazine, Slate.com, The Huffington Post and other venues. He is also a...

  • Refugees are not Skittles. Plain and simple.

    Comparing human beings to candy robs people of their God-given dignity. Plain and simple. http://www.americamagazine.org/content/all-things/refugees-are-people-no...

    Posted by America Magazine on Tuesday, September 20,...

  • At 7:55 a.m. this morning, my phone wakes me to a nightmare. The blaring emergency alert jolts me from my sleep and tells me a 28-year-old suspect connected to Saturday night’s explosion in New York City that left 29 people injured is on the loose.

    I flash back to a different nightmare, three years prior. It is a Friday in April of 2013, and I am sheltered in my dorm room. Boston is on lockdown. An entire city is looking for two men who attacked the Boston...

  • Four years ago, before his breakout role in “Selma,” David Oyelowo told BET , “I turned down a lot of easier opportunities in order to go for the things that I really and ultimately wanted to do. And what’s really nice is that it’s starting to work.”

    Mr. Oyelowo’s discipline has paid off, and now he is able to focus on films demonstrating the themes that are most important to him. The...

  • “Reinventing Catholic Schools,” by Charles Zech (8/29) , is accompanied by a photo of the entrance to a large, run down building with broken windows. The picture reflects the bleak message of the entire piece, which fails to mention the incredible work being done in Catholic schools across the country today. As the superintendents of Catholic schools and members of the National Catholic Educational...

  • A report released Monday by Georgetown University's The Bridge Initiative offered a sobering look at Catholic-Muslim relations in the United States. Only 14 percent of U.S. Catholics surveyed held favorable views of Muslims. Another 70 percent of those surveyed said they did not know a single Muslim. (While there are 1.6 billion Muslims...