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  • Hillary Clinton's choice of Tim Kaine as a running mate is an affront to the youthful, vibrant, leftward challenge she faced in the Democratic primary from Bernie Sanders. To those who supported Sanders, as I did, it's a bummer, and it shows something of Clinton's true colors. Yet on one of the issues Kaine is currently being pilloried for, he may come as a blessing in disguise, especially in light of his background in Catholic social teaching.

    The matter in question is the big, bad...

  • With news Friday that Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her Democratic running mate, the U.S. Senator from Virginia finds him, and his faith, back in the national spotlight. Like many other Democratic politicians who are Catholic, Kaine struggles with the challenge of living out his personal faith in a party that doesn’t always share his church’s views on complicated issues.

    As a young attorney in Virginia, Tim Kaine offered his legal services free of charge...

  • The chapel at Brideshead is based on the chapel at Madresfield Court in Worcestershire, the ancestral home of the Lygon family

    It was the first sign of intelligence you showed, and no one taught it to you. It came, as it were, a gift of God: the smile that you offered when you first recognized a human face. What a basic human experience: responding to the presence of another. Everything changes when we realize that we are not alone. Whatever else we’re doing, we add to it the decision of how to react. It doesn’t matter if the person is friend, family, stranger or lover. Humans respond to the presence of each other...

  • “Mommy. I have a question. I’m not sure if you can answer it. Why are people being killed?” This is from my beloved Kiddo (not her real name).

    This is the question set before me in the car, by a kid not long out of a booster seat. Kiddo is being raised in Oakland, Calif., by Catholic parents working to keep her in a Catholic school that she loves. St. Leo the Great has a student population (pre-K to 8th grade) that is...

  • Criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were dropped on July 20, after the archdiocese admitted that it failed to protect children who were sexually abused by a former priest. As part of the settlement, internal documents were unsealed, including a memo from an archdiocesan official that accuses the pope’s former ambassador to the United States of trying to squash an investigation into the alleged sexual improprieties of a former archbishop.

    “Today I, as...

  • In a recent liturgical conference in London, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, argued that priests should consider turning toward the East for the celebration of the eucharistic portion of the Mass.

    Turning toward the East, or ad orientem , is technical liturgical language for the priest and people facing in the same direction. The suggestion is nothing new. The decision to allow Mass facing the...

  • Since the Charlie Hebdo attack on Jan. 7, 2015, France has suffered seven terrorist attacks—three were acts of mass terrorism—with a total of 230 victims, leading many to wonder: Why has France become such a preferred target?

    France is one of the first partners of the coalition attacking ISIS in Syria. The way the nation deals with Muslims, however, might be the main reason France has suffered these attacks. The prohibition of the veil since 2004 has shown a very...

  • In one of the Republican presidential primary debates the American people were subjected to this past year, Marco Rubio remarked that Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders would make a “good candidate for president— of Sweden .” This was not a compliment. (Also: Sweden doesn’t have a president.) Rubio could safely assume that Republican primary voters more or less agreed that becoming more like Sweden was precisely not what the United States should be doing.

    George Lakey disagrees. Lakey...

  • As the evening wore on at Monday’s opening of the Republican National Convention, I worked on other problems and projects until I turned to my TV in the midst of ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s screaming and arm waving. His voice became more hysterical as he tore into President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the assigned targets of the evening.

    I had never heard Melania Trump speak and I saw her dignified presence as a relief. My guess was that, besides revealing...

  • On day one of the Republican National Convention, two preachers prayed very different prayers and in the process highlighted a struggle within the Republican Party about the role of religion in public life.

    Pastor Mark Burns raised more than a few eyebrows for words that one former G.O.P. faith operative dubbed “a disgusting and disturbing misuse of God's name.”

    In a...