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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...

March 7, 2013

In a prior post we looked at reasons why Church teaching on contraception not only belongs in any  “seamless garment” approach to life issues, but in fact must serve as its keystone. As Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, put it, only when sex is properly regarded as a cooperation with God’s life-giving goodness can we build a truly coherent and comprehensive life ethic. Without Humanae...

March 1, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Müller is prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office once held by his fellow Regensburger Josef Ratzinger (whom you might recognize as the pope emeritus, His Holiness Benedict XVI). He caused a mild stir in 2007 when he said that Muslims and Christians do not believe in the same God, but by and large he doesn't seem to be the sort who seeks controversy.

His...