In All Things

A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.

July 2014

  • Jul 12 2014 - 5:09am

    Uluru, Australia. The waning days of my sabbatical have seen me in Australia again, and again at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne (and more briefly in Sydney and Brisbane), where I have served for the past month as a visiting research fellow. It has been a privilege once more to interact with the ACU faculty, particularly those engaged in interreligious dialogue and comparative theological studies, and it may turn out that I visit again next year.

  • Jul 11 2014 - 11:15am

    New York, N.Y. (July 11, 2014) – Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America, announced today the appointment of Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, R.S.M., as U.S. Church Correspondent. Sister Walsh is the current Director of Media Relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and will step down from that post this summer. In her new role, Sister Walsh will be responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of...

  • Jul 11 2014 - 9:28am
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    Pope Francis is well on the way to achieving a total and radical reform of the Vatican’s finances. That become abundantly clear on July 9 when the Australian cardinal George Pell, the man he appointed to spearhead that reform, presented the New Economic Framework for the Holy See at a crowded press conference in the Vatican.

  • Jul 11 2014 - 7:00am
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    Ramesh Ponnuru is a Washington, D.C.-based columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior editor for National Review magazine. He is a regular contributor to Time magazine and ...

  • Jul 10 2014 - 9:18am
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    Oh God, who do I root for now?

    Should I pick the German team from the native land of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI? Or root for the Argentinian squad from the homeland of Pope Francis? Do I go for the Latin American or the Bavarian Catholics?

    Maybe I need to go to confession for scrupulosity. I can hear myself now. “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been four days since my last World Cup game.”


    “Yes. I took the World Cup in vain five times this week...

  • Jul 9 2014 - 10:43am
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    The arrival of many thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors to our southern border has reignited fierce debates over who is to blame, how they got to the border and what to do about it. We have witnessed the vociferous standoffs in Murietta, Calif., where the Border Patrol intended to process several hundred of this minors.

    The clashing groups of pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant people required the Border Patrol to find another location for processing—less public and not near main...

  • Jul 8 2014 - 12:11pm

    In recent months, Pope Francis has come back time and again to the thought that Christians—and Christianity—are still being persecuted in the world that all of us sinners live in. It conjures up tales of the Middle Ages and the long ago, when martyrs were made from those who went about bravely professing the Christian faith against “fire and sword.” It is hard to fathom that this is the case in our supposed modern world. Yet, this is the case in the Middle East today.

  • Jul 7 2014 - 3:31pm

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Declaration of Independence

  • Jul 7 2014 - 10:00am

    My sister calls it the trifecta, although without the happy connotation of that word: the window of time every year from Father’s Day in June to our dad’s birthday in July. In between is Independence Day, the date of our dad’s death. The trifecta covers about a month. It is our yearly time of intensified grief, when we are reminded that we are fatherless, and we relive the days leading up to his death, and we regret that there are no more of his birthdays to celebrate. I’m always glad when...

  • Jul 5 2014 - 8:20am
    Elizabeth Nolan Brown is a Washington, D.C.-based Staff Editor for the libertarian magazine...
  • Jul 4 2014 - 6:10am

    The family is at the heart of church and society. There’s nothing new in that sentiment. Nor is there any great shock in the recognition that ‘family’ here is defined as the traditional family envisioned by the church for generations as imitating the Holy Family. When something is so central to what binds us, tighter definitions are approached with caution. As Catholics we know this all too well. When Pope Paul VI issued "Humanae Vitae" in 1968 he was writing to a church united in its...

  • Jul 3 2014 - 4:59pm

    Dear King George III,

  • Jul 1 2014 - 4:33pm
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    When the Supreme Court on June 30 issued a split decision narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-based nonprofits would have it easy when their own cases eventually reach the high court.

  • Jul 1 2014 - 12:11pm

    Advocates for religious freedom won a major victory in the Supreme Court of the United States on June 30. Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion for the court in Burwell v.

  • Jul 1 2014 - 9:00am

    I asked the middle-aged man across from me, “Who was the last good American president?”

    It was the year 2000. As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science, I was eager to know my drinking partner’s response to this question. He had just finished railing against Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush '41. At this point, I was wondering if he liked any U.S. president at all.

  • Jul 1 2014 - 7:18am
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    The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on June 30 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the companies seeking an exception, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (R.F.R.A.), from the Obama Administration’s contraception-coverage mandate. Justice Kennedy, the key fifth vote, joined Justice Alito’s majority opinion but also wrote a concurrence emphasizing the limits of the decision. Indeed, Hobby Lobby...