August 18-25, 2014

Vol. 211 / No. 4
Signs Of the Times

On July 26, nine men were ordained at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, Tenn., the largest group ordained together in the diocese’s 177-year history. • Pope Francis celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rome on July 31 by meeting the family of Paolo Dall’Oglio,

A Palestinian man rushes wounded woman into hospital in southern Gaza Strip.
Editorials
The EditorsAugust 06, 2014

Gaza is being reduced to rubble while the world watches on YouTube and CNN. It has been as dispiriting a display of inhumanity and failure as one can imagine, yet it has not been enough to compel either side to accept a halt to the carnage. Each night new images of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjam

Brendan Gleeson stars as Father James Lavelle in "Calvary." (CNS photo/Patrick Redmond, Twentieth Century Fox)
Film
Ronan McCoyAugust 01, 2014

Stark reality meets gentle whimsy. I’d like to think this is a characterization of the Irish temperament and the arts that flow from it; but whether or not that idea has any wider validity, it fits Calvary perfectly.Another offering from John Michael McDonagh, the writer-director who brought u

Signs Of the Times

Across the country a number of U.S. bishops have urged a merciful response to the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border, and their parishioners have stepped up in response to the call. Dozens of parishioners in the small community of Oracle, Ariz., 30 miles north of Tucson, are one examp

Books
Matthew Carnes, S.J.August 06, 2014

One of the hallmarks of the young papacy of Pope Francis has been his repeated critique of what he calls the contemporary ldquo economy of inequality and exclusion rdquo Some commentators have seen this as an indictment of the present moment but the pope rsquo s stance would be misinterpreted if

Lord Carey of Clifton, England, preaches during a service of Christian unity in the Anglican cathedral in Chester. (CNS photo/Simon Caldwell)
Current Comment
The EditorsAugust 06, 2014

Regrettable split over assisted suicide in the Church of England should be approached in a spirit of fraternal love.

SEEING TSARS. President Vladimir Putin on Victory Day, in Sevastopol, May 9, 2014.
Vladimir ShlapentokhAugust 06, 2014

From the beginning of his rule, Vladimir V. Putin has assumed that his ability to govern Russia was highly dependent on the strength of the ideological justification of his power. Indeed, he was never elected according to even elementary democratic standards. For this reason, the state’s ideol