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April 22, 2013

At this moment the dominant theme of “Boston Bomber” headlines is motive. The secular mainstream media, having failed to get their wish for redneck extremist Christians protesting tax increases or...

April 10, 2013

In one of the places I used to call home, I have a friend who serves in the state House of Representatives. She’s a libertarian-minded lady, and over the years I have supported and admired her efforts to promote legitimate freedoms while putting a check on illegitimate growth of state power.

Not long ago we found ourselves in rare disagreement, however, when she voted in favor of same-sex marriage.

In our correspondence she offered two different but related versions of her...

April 2, 2013

The first time I tried to see the Shroud of Turin was in 1992, but I forgot my x-ray specs, so I caught only a glimpse of a stone box tucked in a badly lit chapel of that city's Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. I fared better in 1998, when the Shroud was exhibited for the first time in two decades. As I stood in front of the yellowed cloth, stretched and lit in its bulletproof case above the altar, I had a strong and perhaps absurd urge, which at first I resisted. Then I gave in.

I...

March 25, 2013

Last week, Pope Francis received a collection of world religious leaders in his first ecumenical and interreligious event. His address to them contained diplomatic niceties and specific expressions of good will aimed at Orthodox, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims.

His remarks to the latter recognized that Muslims “worship the one living...

March 15, 2013

The Catholic Answers staff was gathered in the small office library, lights dimmed, EWTN feed from St. Peter’s Square projected onto the blank wall. We did our best to break up the nervous wait with jokes and chatter, and with last-minute predictions and side bets. Then, finally, the balcony curtains opened and we all cheered as Cardinal Tauran stepped out to confirm what the smoke and bells had already announced: We had a pope.

Then a hush. We strained through our meager Latin to...