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  • This is the twentieth entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. This entry continues Stephen’s speech before the council.

    For previous entries, please now go to the Complete Acts of the Apostle Commentary, where you can find links to each of the entries updated after each new blog post...

  • In my last post I mentioned I would be returning to some key movements in the foundations of Ignatian education in the hopes of re-animating our mission and purpose as educators faithful to the Jesuit tradition. I invited readers to consider an institutional examen, to bring the tools and resources of the discernment of spirits to bear upon instiutional...

  • The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibits the infliction of “cruel and unusual punishments.” It has long been established that this ban does not categorically rule out the death penalty. After all, as Justice Samuel Alito wrote in today’s Glossip v. Gross decision, “[t]he death penalty was an accepted punishment at the time of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” And, as Justice Antonin Scalia added, the Constitution “explicitly contemplates,” in...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled that same-sex couples are entitled under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the same marital rights as opposite-sex couples, is of monumental legal importance. The most obvious, celebrated and decried impact is the nation-wide recognition of the current and future marriages of same-sex couples, which includes all concomitant spousal and parental benefits and responsibilities...

  • In a stirring response to the persecution and trials of the Church and Christians in many countries today, Pope Francis recalled that over the past 2,000 years “many forces have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful.” Indeed, through God's help, “she remains inexplicably solid.”

  • Much like the natural world that it fights for, "Laudato Si'" spent most of its first week being stripmined by pundits for pull quotes and other agendas. David Brooks used his New York Times column to call the Pope anti-modern, out of touch and unrealistic—then spent the rest of...

  • We are happy to announce that America Media is the recipient of 26 awards for journalistic excellence from the Catholic Press Association. Six books written by America editors and columnists also were honored this year. The winners were announced on Friday evening at a dinner to mark the conclusion of the 2015 Catholic Media Conference, hosted by the C.P.A. this year in Buffalo, N.Y. The annual event gathers the top Catholic journalists from across the country and Canada to...

  • Pope Francis has created a new Secretariat for Communications in the Roman Curia into which all existing Vatican communications offices and operations will be incorporated. At the same time, he has appointed the Italian Monsignor Dario Edoardo Vigano, Director of the Vatican Television Center, as its first prefect. 

  • Today the United States Supreme Court once again redefined marriage for the entire country. This time Justice Kennedy and four other unelected federal judges (with lifetime tenure) have declared that every state must define marriage as the union of any two consenting adults. This requirement we are told arises from the 14th Amendment’s protections of due process and equal protection.

  • The historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges obviously means a great deal for the same-sex couples nationwide who can now enter civil marriages, and for their children. It also leaves open the many significant questions that arisen about effects on the religious liberty of dissenters.