Praised Be Creation

July 20-27, 2015

Vol.213 / No.2
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 08, 2015

Francis wants to implement and develop the teaching of Vatican II on collegiality.

People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid.
Signs Of the Times

Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him “anti-capitalist” or even a Marxist. In anticipation of his apostolic visit to the United States in September, some are bracing f

The Word
John W. MartensJuly 08, 2015

A couple of days before the release of Pope Francis rsquo encyclical ldquo Laudato Si rsquo rdquo a neighbor and I were discussing rumors about the encyclical and what it might contain concerning the state of the earth and economic systems It was an intriguing conversation because my neighbor

EMOTIONAL RESCUE. Animated characters Fear, Joy and Disgust in the movie "Inside Out" (CNS photo/courtesy Disney-Pixar).
John AndersonJune 19, 2015

Two emotionally honest summer films

Signs Of the Times

Although arson is blamed for at least three fires in June at several predominantly black churches in Southern states, investigators say a blaze that destroyed Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina was not deliberately set. Churchgoers had feared the worst because the church

The EditorsJuly 08, 2015

The landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges represents the high-water mark in the culture wars that have afflicted the country and the church for decades. Some view the court’s decision to redefine civil marriage in order to accommodate same-sex couples as an egregi

Signs Of the Times
Anthony EganJuly 08, 2015

Historians may see it as an accurate reflection of South Africa’s turbulent present.