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December 10, 2012

Vol.207 / No.17
Ivan J. Kauffman December 10, 2012

Growing up Protestant and Republican in Kansas, I began life as a political conservative. But when I was in college, John F. Kennedy changed that. He and Pope John XXIII opened the door to the Catholic Church for me, and for most of my adult life I considered myself a Catholic political liberal. I a

Signs Of the Times

Around 62 percent of adult U.S. Catholics have a profile on Facebook; 58 percent of Catholics 30 and under share pictures, articles and comments at least once a week; and nearly a third say they would like their pastors and bishops to use blogs. Those are some results of a study released by the Cent

Timothy Wadkins December 10, 2012

El Salvador is not your typical tourist destination. It has been wracked by earthquakes and frequently finds itself in the way of devastating hurricanes. It is also the smallest, most densely populated and most violent nation in all of Latin America. So why have so many North American Christians mad

Books
Eileen Markey December 10, 2012

Taking inspiration from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn rsquo s seminal One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Jens Soering has written an unblinking and harrowing critique of the American prison system and what he argues is the nation rsquo s over-reliance on incarceration Soering takes readers through a

Ideas
Terrance W. Klein December 10, 2012

Fifty years of 007

Margaret E. Crahan December 10, 2012

The visit to Cuba last March by Pope Benedict XVI focused attention on the emergence of the Catholic Church as an influential actor in that island nation. If, by comparison, the 1998 visit of Pope John Paul II was heralded as a watershed in church-state relations in Cuba, the more recent visit refle

Signs Of the Times

A pastoral plan approved by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston calls for the archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups, to be called parish collaboratives. Led by one pastor, a pastoral team of priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers will provide pastoral ser