April 28-May 5, 2014

Vol.210 / No.15

April 28-May 5, 2014

Kaya OakesApril 15, 2014

Midway through Richard Rodriguez’s recent spiritual autobiography, Darling, the author offers Catholic readers a useful catechism: “I stay in the church because the church is more than its ignorance; the church gives me more than it denies me. I stay in the church because it is mine.&rdq

Michael HeintzApril 15, 2014

Late in 1608, St. Francis de Sales, the bishop of Geneva, published a little book that was in some ways a revolutionary treatment of the Christian life. Addressed to a laywoman, Philothea (a literary artifice, meaning “lover of God”), Francis’ Introduction to the Devout Life is sti

Return on Investment: A girl looks at blood stains and graffiti left by gunmen at the scene of a triple homicide in Monterrey, Mexico, in June 2011.
Robert Joe StoutApril 15, 2014

‘First and most important is to think business and not crime,” he tells me. “The Zetas and members of the other drug corporations commit crimes—lots of them—but their raison d’etre is to make money, the same as any other business. And they want to do it as efficie

"Malcolm X’s pilgrimage transformed him into a genuine Muslim."
Patrick J. RyanApril 15, 2014

We have been deluged with 50th anniversaries in recent months. This past November the nation stopped to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On a more frivolous note, much has been made of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on American television on Feb.

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.April 15, 2014

The joint canonization reminds us the that goal of Christian living is not to be right, but holy.

Letters
Our readersApril 15, 2014

Conscience IntegralWhile rightly sounding an alarm about the dangers of a growing secular culture antagonistic to deeply held religious values, “Our Secular Future,” by R. R. Reno (2/24), gives short shrift to the rights of conscience. “Liberty of Religion and of Conscience,”

Editorials
The EditorsApril 15, 2014

In spirit and law the U.S. must recognize the economic and cultural value of immigrants.