September 30, 2013

Vol.209 / No.8
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.September 17, 2013

Organizations as old as America rarely do anything completely unprecedented. For every “new” idea, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s been done before, in one way or another, during the course of 104 years of weekly publishing. This issue of America, however, is truly a f

Columns
Michael Rossmann, S.J.September 17, 2013

A coworker of mine was struggling to get her students to understand the concept of tolerance during a discussion in her sophomore English class. Seeing in class a pair of best friends, one Christian and the other Muslim, she used them as an example of people who showed tolerance towards each other.

Books
James P. McCartinMarch 12, 2014

Many retreat houses feature a labyrinth pilgrims wend their way through a circuitous though orderly route metaphorically tracing the ever ancient ever new challenge of cultivating union with a mysterious deity By contrast Peter McDonough rsquo s The Catholic Labyrinth a book that sketches a sp

John W. O'MalleySeptember 17, 2013

The first question asked of Pope Francis in the widely reported impromptu press conference on July 28 during the flight home from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was, not surprisingly, related to the Roman Curia: “What type of reform do you have in mind?” In his reply, the pope first m

Current Comment
The EditorsSeptember 17, 2013

Solidarity 101; A Tragi-Comic Opera; Understanding the Poor

Signs Of the Times

Writing in one of Italy’s major secular newspapers, Pope Francis called for a “sincere and rigorous dialogue” between the church and nonbelievers as an “intimate and indispensable expression” of Christian love. An “open and unprejudiced dialogue” between Chr

The Word
John W. MartensDecember 10, 2013

lsquo The apostles said to the Lord lsquo Increase our faith rsquo rdquo What rsquo s the equation for increasing faith ldquo The Lord replied lsquo If you had faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree ldquo Be uprooted and planted in the sea rdquo and it wo