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September 15, 2015
Last week, the Niels Stensen  Foundation, a Jesuit study center  in Florence, Italy, convened a conference entitled “The Galileo Affair”  to show how recent research “might  alleviate the ‘tension and conflict’ still  clouding the relationship between the  Church and science.” Indeed, four  hundred years after the Florentine  astronomer’s extraordinary discoveries, we are still assaulted with

Author: Karl Johnson
September 14, 2015
“Annulments” turned up in many a recent headline in print and on blogs, referencing a new papal action. To anticipate a united response is to miss the dynamics of contemporary bi-polar Catholicism.
September 7, 2015
Back from the annual hiatus or sabbatical or goof-off time when Sightings wasn’t sighting religion-and-public life, we confront enormous backlogs on-line and printouts on-file: so much has happened.
July 27, 2015
Our editor suggests that we postpone our next Sightings until September, to give a busy staff a breather after the busiest summer-news of news-logging we can remember.
July 23, 2015
Medieval Virgin-and-Child statues like the one owned by the Smart Museum of Art were once the most ubiquitous type of medieval devotional image.
July 20, 2015
“The Next Culture War,” a New York Times op-ed (June 30) by David Brooks, set off one of the high-level debates of this summer, and will be in the news for some time to come.  
July 16, 2015
Immigration to Europe, Australia, and the Americas has been one of the primary strategies that Palestinians have adopted to cope with their decades-long displacement.
July 13, 2015
The first cartoon to be sighted in a Sightings sighting after sixteen years is entitled “Encyclical” and drawn by Joe Fournier whose work appears on the editorial page of the Chicago Tribune (June 25, 20


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