A banner showing St. John Paul II hangs from a lamp pole in Krakow, Poland, as Pope Francis arrives to attend World Youth Day in 2016. Surveys show that Poland leads Europe, and the United States, in religious commitment. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithShort Take
Stephen Bullivant
U.S. religious belief has been more resilient than in other modernized, affluent countries. Still, weekly churchgoing pales compared with Poland.
Photo courtesy the Dominican Friars Province of St. Joseph
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Stephen Bullivant
From Alpha to Omega, this is bluegrass of the highest order, our reviewer says.
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Stephen Bullivant
No topic is out of bounds for the theologian.
Stephen Bullivant
Are believers encouraging mockery of their own beliefs?
Stephen Bullivant
Some years ago I spent a morning in an MRI machine, looking at an image of the Blessed Virgin, while being periodically electrocuted by a team of Oxford neuroscientists. They were investigating whether religious devotion really does help believers to endure suffering. (Think of St. Lawrenc
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Editor’s note: The historic interview with Pope Francis (Am. 9/30) has generated a great deal of dialogue in the church and in society at large. We asked several writers to offer their reactions to the pope’s words. Selections from these responses are printed below. The full versions of
"I am a sinner"
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Stephen Bullivant
What "I am a sinner" tells us about who Pope Francis is.
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Priorities for the next pope
Stephen Bullivant
Psalms 14 and 53 both open with the statement: “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’” Whatever this may tell us about unbelief in ancient Hebrew society, today it is not only, or predominantly, fools who are saying this. And they do not restrict their utterances to t