'Pastors, Not Princes'

July 6-13, 2015

Vol.213 / No.1
TAKE YOUR SEATS. Bishops and cardinals attend the beatification of Pope Paul VI.
Diego Fares, S.J.June 24, 2015

At the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference on May 18, Pope Francis asked bishops not to be “pilots” but rather true pastors. Many times, the pontiff has called for “pastoral bishops, not princes,” using images he had previously employed wh

Washington Front
John CarrJune 24, 2015

For just a few days, Washington’s obsession with the “middle class” was broken.

Current Comment
The EditorsJune 24, 2015

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate approves federal torture ban.

Letters
Our readersJune 24, 2015

Nothing NewI found “The Gospel According to the ‘Nones,’” by Elizabeth Drescher (6/8), rather disappointing. The author drew broad generalizations about the alleged “Good Samaritan” spirituality of nones as opposed to the more restrictive “Golden Rule”

American confidence in organized religion has dropped to new lows.
Signs Of the Times

Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before—a sign that the church could be “losing its footing as a pillar of moral leadership in the nation’s culture,” a new Gallup survey finds. In the mid-1970s, nearly seven in 10 Americans said th

Books
Dennis M. LederJune 24, 2015

"No Man's Land," by Elizabeth D. Samet and "Loving our Enemies," by Jim Forest

Signs Of the Times
Gerard O'ConnellJune 24, 2015

Addressing “every person on the planet” in a groundbreaking encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis speaks frankly and passionately about the “global environmental deterioration” of “our common home,” appealing “for a new dialogue about how