'Pastors, Not Princes'

July 6-13, 2015

Vol.213 / No.1
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

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

Generation Faith
Robert MintonJune 24, 2015

Defending my beliefs with more than just words

Signs Of the Times

The U.S. Senate on June 16 approved a measure supported by Catholic and evangelical leaders that would prohibit the use of torture by any U.S. government agency as an interrogation technique. • The Philippine government on June 16 started the Catholic Church-backed process of decommissioning me

Of Other Things
Bill McGarveyJune 24, 2015

‘Love and Mercy’ artfully reflects the genius, madness and tragedy of Brian Wilson.

WORKSHOP DAYS. Robie Macauley, Arthur Koestler and Flannery O’Connor at Amana Colonies in Iowa, Oct 9, 1947.
Susan SrigleyJune 24, 2015

In a letter to Louise Abbott in 1959, Flannery O’Connor sympathizes with what her correspondent must have been describing as a struggle of faith: “All I would like you to know is that I sympathize and I suffer this way myself.” We may never have known the details or the extent to w