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April 27, 2015

Vol. 212 / No. 14

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 Marilynne Robinson

Reading a Marilynne Robinson novel is like going to church. Her books put us into conversation with the Bible, “a great ancient literature” (her words) whose powerful stories reveal their meanings gradually in multiple and ongoing ways. They posit a community of people who take their fai

A HOLY FATHER’S BLESSING. Pope Francis administers confirmation during Mass at the Parish of San Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome on Dec. 1.
Michael A. MarchalApril 15, 2015

What is the appropriate age for Catholic children baptized in infancy to celebrate confirmation? It might seem a relatively minor issue. Yet I believe the great efforts the U.S. Catholic Church has put into the new evangelization, its mission to “invite each Catholic to renew their relationshi


It is 5:30 a.m., June 1995, as the rising sun breaks into my little backstreet hotel room in Hanoi, and the light trampling of hundreds of feet padding past my window shakes me out of bed and into my shorts and sneakers to join the multitude of morning runners. The mass is heading toward West Lake,

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.April 15, 2015

From the wreckage of Britain’s broken dreams, the U.S. plucked the mantle of global leadership

Our readersApril 15, 2015

A Royal PriesthoodThe editors suggest all good things in “A Space for Women” (3/30), and I especially concur with Gudrun Sailer that the solution is not merely replicating secular structures. The problem of women’s roles in the church is a problem of an inadequate theology of

Demonstrators gather in Indianapolis to protest new religious freedom law.
The EditorsApril 10, 2015

It has been very discouraging to watch the acrimonious debate over religious liberty in Indiana and Arkansas. The passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in these states sparked widespread protests over possible discrimination and exposed a deep divide in our nation on questions of marriage,

Dennis M. LederApril 15, 2015

'White Man/Yellow Man,' by Shusaku Endo