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June 22-29, 2015

Vol.212 / No.12
Of Other Things
Daniel P. HoranJune 10, 2015

Church leaders should give a black-and-white answer on the death penalty.

Books
Jon M. SweeneyJune 10, 2015

'Moral Agents,' by Edward Mendelson; 'Our Only World,' by Wendell Berry; 'There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,' by Saul Bellow

A woman waves a flag during a nuclear weapons protest April 13 outside Faslane Naval Base in Helensburgh, Scotland ( CNS photo/Joey Kelly, EPA).
Editorials
The EditorsJune 12, 2015

U.N. conference on nuclear disarmament ends with a whimper

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.June 10, 2015

Robert Kennedy and the truly radical nature of our Christian call in the modern world.

MOBILE POPE. Francis comes to Sarajevo for a one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Signs Of the Times
Gerard O'ConnellJune 10, 2015

From the beginning of his pontificate the Argentine pope has given particular attention to “the peripheries” of the world. Bosnia-Herzegovina, with its capital city Sarajevo, is one of them. Life is hard there. The economy is weak, unemployment is high and ethnic tensions are never far f

Vatican Council I, 1869-70
Jeffrey von ArxJune 10, 2015

The interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has been a matter of controversy since the council ended. Should the council be interpreted in continuity with the church’s traditional teaching (especially from Trent and the First Vatican Council), or does it represent a significant new depart

MORE BAD NEWS IN ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS. The archdiocese declared bankruptcy in January and now faces criminal charges. Archbishop John Neinstedt is pictured here celebrating Mass in Rome in 2012.
Signs Of the Times
Kevin ClarkeJune 10, 2015

Criminal charges were filed on June 5 against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis stemming from its handling of Curtis Wehmeyer, a troubled priest who was eventually convicted of child abuse in 2013 and defrocked in March 2015. Ramsey County prosecutors charged the archdiocese as a corporati