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  • 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...

  • May 2, 2016
    Free the Saints

    “Money and Saint-Making,” by Gerard O’Connell (4/4), brought to mind an inspired homily by the Trappist abbot at St. Joseph Abbey in Spencer, Mass., at a weekend retreat I attended that coincided with All Saints Day. The abbey church trembled with his firm refresher to his monks and us retreatants that God intends everyone to become a saint. He emphasized...

  • April 25, 2016
    Rock the Foundations

    “‘Ghetto Gospel,’” by Alex Nava (4/4), is powerfully illuminating. I have long loved artists like B. B. King and Marvin Gaye, whose beautiful song during the Vietnam era claimed, “We can rock the world’s foundation/ Everybody together, together in a wholy/ We’ll holler love love love across the nation.” Mr. Nava’s soulful and insightful interpretation of hip-...

  • April 18, 2016
    Illusions of Certitude

    After reading “Scalia v. Aquinas,” by Anthony Giambrone, O.P. (3/21), I was tempted to defer to the dictum, “Say good things about the deceased or say nothing.” But in fact Justice Scalia’s confidence in his ability to divine the true meaning of the Constitution is an example of legal fundamentalism no less naïve than the religious variety....

  • April 4-11, 2016
    Holy Mary

    I very much enjoy John Anderson’s film reviews, but I have a quibble with his recent “Lives of Christ” (3/14). In the first part of the review, which focuses on “Risen,” Mr. Anderson notes that one of the most humorous parts of the film occurs when “half the men bashfully raise their hands” after being asked, “Who knows Mary Magdalene?”

    Even though Mr. Anderson parenthetically admits that this joke is based on...