September 30, 2013

Vol.209 / No.8
Editorials
The Editors September 17, 2013

We are thankful to Pope Francis for embracing his role as pope with a “big heart open to God.”

Signs Of the Times

Avid readers of U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of colleges and universities will find the names of dozens of Catholic schools on the lists. The University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Ind., is the top-ranked national Catholic institution, placing 18th. Georgetown University, i

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. McCartin March 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'Malley September 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 Editors September 17, 2013

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