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  • August 29-September 6, 2016
    Not So Different

    In “Longing for Communion” (7/18), Timothy P. O’Malley presents an important view on our relationship as Catholics with Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists and on our different approaches to the Eucharist. Many of the comments on this article take me back to discussions I was involved with as a younger student. Now I wonder how important these differences are. We are all...

  • August 15-22, 2016
    Union in Communion

    “Longing for Communion,” by Timothy P. O’Malley (7/18), presents the concrete situation confronted by many Catholic-Lutheran partners today in the United States. The starting point for a pastoral approach to these couples ought to be the union, however imperfect, that already exists between the Catholic and Lutheran churches, not the theological issues around the credentials...

  • August 1-8, 2016
    Who Are ‘They’?

    Re “Feminism Has Not Lost Its Soul,” by Helen Alvaré (7/4): I take little exception to the author’s general conclusions about the enduring political pandering to the ideologies of two generations ago. But the frequent apparent disinterest with which Professor Alvaré clumps whole globs of caricatured populations of “them” does not honor her main...

  • July 18-25, 2016
    Church Walls

    I could not agree more with Matt Malone, S.J., when he writes, “It will also be useful to have in Washington a diplomat who represents the vicar of Christ, the one who breaks down walls” ( Of Many Things, 6/20 ). I only wish the church had not built so many during its long tenure. It has been a very divisive force at times. I am thankful Pope Francis was elected since...

  • July 4-11, 2016
    Obama’s Missed Opportunity

    Re “Steering the Ship of State,” by Robert David Sullivan (6/6): This is not an objective look at our president’s legacy. President Obama has represented this country with grace, style and, for the most part, magnanimity. I have been grateful for his presence at all international events and for his contribution to race relations....

  • June 20-27, 2016
    A Gift to New Mothers

    Re “Life After Birth,” by Kerry Weber (5/23): Congratulations to Kerry Weber. My heart is with her. If only I had known, especially after my first child, that I was not alone. Indeed, it felt as though I was. My mother helped me, but she was not prepared to listen to my laments—many of which Ms. Weber eloquently describes in this column. After giving birth...

  • June 6-13, 2016
    Corporate Morals

    Re “Corporate Tax Conversion” (Current Comment, 5/9): The editors write: “There are moral reasons for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. We should also reform the tax code to give them an economic incentive to do so.” This prompts another thought. A corporation is an association of people. So moral law no doubt applies to decisions made by...

  • May 23-30, 2016
    Focus on Forgiveness

    Re “An Astounding Mercy,” by the Rev. Raymond P. Roden (5/2): At least this version of St. Maria Goretti’s story focuses on forgiveness and not just her fighting for her purity, as some interpret it. As a survivor of sexual assault, I know how hard it is to forgive. St. Maria Goretti, even at her young age, was able to forgive her murderer just as Jesus forgave those who...

  • May 16, 2016
    People Before Principles

    I found it very interesting to read “Imposing Independence,” by Séamus Murphy, S.J. (4/28), back to back with “The Popular Voice,” by Rafael Luciani and Felix Palazzi. Father Murphy begins with Catholic social teaching and applies it to the Easter Rising of 1916. To my mind, he manipulates the evidence to condemn the Rising. Sweeping general statements that are impossible to prove are...

  • May 9, 2016
    Armchair Critics

    Re “Presidential Powers” (Editorial, 4/18): Although I disagree with the fundamental argument about President Obama’s “overreach,” I concur that the four topics selected by the editors are important domains for discussion. I am thankful that the editorial staff of America does not have to solve the overwhelming challenges, at home and abroad, that the...