Arts & CultureBooks
René Ostberg
In his portrait of a once ultra-devout country undergoing rapid spiritual decline, Derek Scally paints a vivid picture of Irish indifference toward the church.
Arts & CultureBooks
Randy Boyagoda
In his new book, British novelist David Mitchell affirms the irreducible and vivifying goods of the human soul.
Arts & CultureBooks
Franklin Freeman
To understand the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe demands close attention to his engagements with scientific thought and discoveries.
Arts & CultureBooks
Nicholas D. Sawicki
Mark Carney’s new book makes a succinct argument: We can either continue on the current path of what some argue is amoral wealth generation in a dehumanizing market society, or we can build new systems, grounded in common values, that encourage growth while stewarding resources for future generations.
Arts & CultureBooks
Mitali Perkins
Why do most people stop reading children’s books they loved once they come of age? Books from our childhood can still do so much good work for us.
Arts & CultureBooks
Hannah E. Ryan
The relationship between dominant and marginalized characters throughout O’Connor’s body of work offers a theology of displacement—that is, a means of experiencing God in the midst of upheaval, geographic and otherwise.
Arts & CultureBooks
Mike Mastromatteo
In more than two dozen novels, memoirs, travelogues and other writings, the Massachusetts writer Roland Merullo has proved to be an astute observer of the human condition.
Arts & CultureFeatures
Jim Curtis
A profoundly Russian author, Olga Sedakova offers insights into Christian living for a worldwide audience.
Arts & CultureFeatures
W. Ralph Eubanks
Though a small state in terms of geographic size and population, Mississippi occupies an outsized place in the world of American letters. Why? How has “a little state that rests alongside the banks of a great and mighty river” made so many significant contributions to American literature?
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
The two most recent selections for the Catholic Book Club were novels that originally began as short stories.
Politics & SocietyNews
Catholic News Service
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is asking “all Catholics and others of goodwill” to join a prayer and fasting campaign for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic Democrat who supports legal abortion.
A Northern Renaissance painting of St. Jerome, dressed in red and seated in front of a translated Bible.
FaithExplainer
Doug Girardot
There’s no such thing as the “perfect” Bible translation. Still, some might be better for Catholic readers than others.
FaithNews Analysis
Colleen Dulle
How did a Catholic TV station known for its prayer programs get involved in broadcasting attacks on the pope that he felt compelled to publicly denounce as “the work of the devil”?
FaithPodcasts
Inside the Vatican
In this deep dive episode of "Inside the Vatican," host Colleen Dulle examines how things are changing for women in the Vatican.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a three-day Youth for Climate summit in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.
Politics & SocietyNews
Claire Giangravé - Religion News Service
But the pope also encouraged activists to help rebuild society’s “fabric of relationships” by working towards unity rather than division.
Politics & SocietyNews
Michael Kunzelman - Associated Press
A media outlet seeking to stage a rally during a U.S. bishops’ meeting had their event canceled by city officials claiming the fringe group cheered on rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January.
Politics & SocietyNews
James Carville
This week, on America Media’s “Behind the Story” video series, Matt Malone, S.J., the president and editor in chief of America, spoke with James Carville, a long-time political consultant, author and the co-host of the “Politics War Room” podcast, about the moral obligation Catholics have to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Ray MIles, center, who once served time in prison, now works as a vocational counselor for the formerly incarcerated (photos: John W. Miller/iStock).
Politics & SocietyThe Moral Economy
John W. Miller
How we treat people coming out of prison is a measure of the morality of our economy.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
The list of failures and disappointments in marriage is long, but just as our sins cannot cancel the goodness God gave us, marriage remains a singular channel of God’s grace.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands at a blue lectern with the U.S. Capitol in the background.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Charles C. Camosy
In some cases, the best Catholic morality doesn’t translate to the best public laws. But the Women’s Health Protection Act goes beyond the pale.