In All Things
A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.
Sep 14 2014 - 3:20pm0 comments
Pope Francis presided over the weddings of 20 couples in a historic ceremony Sunday at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Sep 13 2014 - 10:20am0 comments
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — Oscar Pistorius, the famous South African disabled athlete and Paralympian known as the “Blade Runner,” was convicted on September 12, 2014 of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The case, which has generated something of a global media frenzy, highlights not only personal tragedy but sheds light on the South African criminal justice system and the less than healthy side of post-apartheid society.
Sep 12 2014 - 6:52pm0 comments
Glasgow; Tuesday 02/09/14.
[Owing to a technical glitch, this blog posting of 2nd September vanished for a while. For the sake of continuity, I now offer it again.]
Sep 12 2014 - 10:27am0 comments
What makes an exemplary baseball player? It is philosophical question that we could answer many ways. We might cite ideals, rules or expectations associated with the game. We might reflect on issues of preference, popularity or professionalism. We could also look for an exemplar that embodies what is good, true and beautiful in baseball.
Sep 11 2014 - 1:41pm4 comments
President Obama laid out a strong case for why ISIL (the Islamic State in the Levant) must be defanged in his address to the nation yesterday. The president grounded U.S. action in humanitarian concerns and referred to the many horrific actions the Sunni extremist group has taken—massacring captive soldiers, killing children, raping and enslaving women, beheading hostages—as he sought to rally Americans for military strikes against ISIL. Even as he did so, he was at pains to clarify that...
Sep 11 2014 - 11:51am1 comment
The seven-week long Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza ended on Aug. 26, leaving more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israelis dead and widespread destruction in Gaza. But if the situation on the ground does not change soon another war could break out again, Bishop William Shomali, the auxiliary-bishop of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, warns in this exclusive interview with America.
Sep 11 2014 - 10:45am10 comments
Senator Ted Cruz had a heck of an evening as keynote speaker at the In Defense of Christians summit’s “solidarity dinner” event last night in Washington. The Texas Republican was driven from the stage by hoots and catcalls, not something you hear everyday from the mouths of staid Middle East Christian bishops and eparchs. The Senator had been energetically scolding the audience for its...
Sep 10 2014 - 3:23pm0 comments
The recently released movie "Calvary" is drawing comments in the Catholic world. Some bloggers from the canon law community are worried that the movie may mislead people about the secrecy of the confessional. The movie opens with a confession scene where a victim of sexual abuse by a priest tells the confessor he plans to kill him Sunday next. He figures that killing a good priest, Father James the confessor, played terrifically by Brendan Gleeson, would garner lots of attention.
Sep 10 2014 - 12:29pm1 comment
These are astonishing days in Scotland, and in the rest of the UK. The mood is unprecedented; febrile, fevered, frenzied. We are seeing and hearing developments that nobody could have foreseen, precisely because we have never been in this situation before. The Scottish Independence Referendum is now only days away. Since the weekend the campaign has taken extraordinary turns that have brought about breath-taking responses; one day in particular (Tuesday the 9th) saw shock after shock.
Sep 10 2014 - 9:18am1 comment
Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B. is a Benedictine nun, speaker and writer. She is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Penn., where she has served as prioress. Focusing on feminist spirituality and social issues, her web column “From Where I Stand” appears weekly in the National Catholic Reporter. Sister Chittister holds an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in speech communication theory from Penn...
Sep 9 2014 - 11:43am23 comments
The Vatican has published the names of the 253 persons who will participate at the Synod of Bishops on the Family, October 5-19. Among them are cardinals, bishops, priests, men and women religious, 14 married couples and representatives of the other Christian churches.
Since this is an Extraordinary General Assembly of the synod—only the third of its kind since Paul VI established the synod as an organ of collegiality in the wake of the Second Vatican Council—the rules for...
Sep 9 2014 - 9:20am16 comments
Cardinal Dolan is getting heat. He is grand marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York and says he has no problem with the decision of the parade committee to allow gays and lesbians to march as a group in the oldest parade honoring St. Patrick in America. This is not a religious rite though some attend it religiously. It’s of course associated with Catholics, especially in New York where the saint is patron of the archdiocese’s (some say the nation’s) premier church, St....
Sep 8 2014 - 11:26am2 comments
Coverage of Catholicism in media is in an evolutionary stage. Perhaps most dramatic is the Boston Globe Media’s decision to ramp up its coverage of Catholicism by hiring and promoting the ubiquitous writer John Allen, the CNN commentator and National Catholic Reporter alumnus, and by setting up the Catholic web site “Crux: Covering All Things Catholic.” The site debuted September 2.
Sep 8 2014 - 11:16am0 comments
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of All Ireland, less than a month after he turned 75, the official age of retirement for a bishop.
The Vatican gave no reason for the pope’s decision, but informed sources say it is directly linked to the cardinal’s role, some 40 years ago, in the mishandling of the case of the sexual abuse of teenagers by a priest, which has provoked controversy in Ireland with ongoing calls for his resignation.
Sep 5 2014 - 11:15am0 comments
An open-ended ceasefire came into force between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza on Aug. 26 after more than 50 days of conflict that left around 2,143 Palestinians (including some 577 children) dead and over 11,230 injured (including some 3,374 children), according to Palestinian and other sources. On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and 6 civilians (including one Thai national) were killed, while 450 Israeli soldiers and 80 citizens were wounded.
Sep 3 2014 - 10:52am0 comments
Last week the California Institute of Technology announced that the full text of Richard Feynman’s Lectures On Physics are now available online for free, at feynmanlectures.caltech.edu.
Sep 3 2014 - 8:48am4 comments
Father Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., is an Oblate priest, theologian and popular spirituality writer. He is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.