'Pastors, Not Princes'

July 6-13, 2015

Vol.213 / No.1
The EditorsJune 24, 2015

It will take years to take the full measure of “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment, and assess its impact. Pope Leo XIII wrote about the rights of workers in “Rerum Novarum” (1891) in response to the Industrial Revolution, but unions sti

 Daniel Barenboim, center.
Paul J. SchaeferJune 24, 2015

I first listened to the operas of Richard Wagner when I was 11 or 12 years old. I have come to realize that spinning Wagner recordings was more an impish attempt at bravado than evidence of any great love for opera. When I found thick albums of Wagner at the local library and impulsively brought the

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.June 24, 2015

How we understand ourselves as a church guides how we should be in the world.

“Nessun Dorma” (2013), Rome
Leo J. O'DonovanJune 24, 2015

Timothy J. Clark’s poetic realism

Prayer for Charleston. A prayer circle forms near the Emanuel AME Church as police began a hunt for a 21-year-old suspect on June 17.
Signs Of the Times
Kevin ClarkeJune 24, 2015

Expressions of regret and horror, prayer services and moments of silence across the country followed in the aftermath of a shooting in a historic church in Charleston, S.C. The rampage on June 17 claimed the lives of nine people. Once again the nation faced the grim, inexplicable spectacle of a mass

Signs Of the Times

Pope Francis accepted the resignations on June 15 of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In a statement, Archbishop Nienstedt said he hopes his resignation might “give the archdiocese a new beginning amidst the many cha

John A. ColemanJune 24, 2015

"Lost Classroom, Lost Community," by Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett