September 30, 2013

Vol.209 / No.8

September 30, 2013

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

Faith
Antonio Spadaro, S.J.September 30, 2013

“It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”

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

Letters
Our readersSeptember 17, 2013

Letters Versus ArticlesRe “Of Many Things,” by Matt Malone, S.J. (8/12): It seems clear enough that publications like America must find new ways of sustaining themselves in this age of digitized information and opinion, but Father Malone’s suggestion that readers can now be &l

Editorials
The EditorsSeptember 17, 2013

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

Books
Dennis VellucciMarch 12, 2014

It is the 1941 baseball season and Joe DiMaggio is not content Fans idolize him He enjoys a record-breaking hitting streak His wife gives birth to a son Yet DiMaggio is moody and saturnine besieged by guilt that he is not the hero his fans expect him to be He consumes Superman comic books fr

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