The most recent Papal encyclical highlights longstanding fault lines in contemporary Catholicism
November 16, 2020
The tendentious historical origins of American Catholic Conservatism
October 29, 2020
The decision to rename a dormitory reveals the fragility of historical nuance
September 21, 2020
Exploring religion's leading role in the hit television series “Fleabag”
April 20, 2020
How a recent film raises important questions about Catholic sacramental theology in light of the Church's sex abuse scandal
February 6, 2020
Is anti-Catholicism on the rise once again in the U.S.?
December 9, 2019
“The then-U.S. Office of Education wrote in a 1903 report that the system of Catholic free parochial schools was the most impressive religious fact in the country at that time.” I sighted this quote in a review of Parish School: A History of American...
February 11, 2019
Early in my writing career I set out to describe a certain posture or pose, and chose—pretentiously, I admit—to speak of an “equilibristic stance.” The article which included this ungainly phrase was then translated into German, where it appeared, au...
June 24, 2018
Who is my neighbor? That question is asked of Jesus in the Gospels. “Neighbor” can mean someone who lives nearby, and this question about physical proximities and distances gets answered first by demographers. Television in our city, Chicago, once up...
April 23, 2018
“Will Pope Francis Cause a Schism in the Catholic Church?” That headline in The New Yorker (April 16) is subheaded: “In his new book, ‘To Change the Church,’ the Times columnist Ross Douthat critiques the Pontiff.” Such an opener requires some backgr...