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The next pope and Vatican IIGeorge Weigel

Polemics about the Second Vatican Council continue to bedevil the global Catholic conversation. Some Catholics, often found in the moribund local churches of western Europe, claim that the Council's ...

Sound advice from the chiefRussell Shaw

Disappointed pro-lifers were predictably angry at Chief Justice John Roberts for providing the fifth vote in the five-member Supreme Court majority that last month struck down a Louisiana law requiring ...

Martin Luther King and the religious motivation for social changeBishop Robert Barron

A principal reason why the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was so successful, both morally and practically, was that it was led largely by people with a strong religious sensibility. The ...

China and RomeRussell Shaw

Not long after coming to power in 1933, the German government headed by Adolf Hitler sought a formal agreement with the Holy See -- a concordat setting terms of the Church-state relationship. No sooner ...

Books for the summer of our discontentGeorge Weigel

These past few months, I expect many folks have found themselves resorting to the page and the lamp more often; may that literary trend continue long after our public health circumstances change! Since ...

Now is the time to actMichael Reardon

Generally, this time of year, we are celebrating the end of school, with teachers and school leaders looking forward to a break from the daily routine -- schools quiet, floors being waxed, walls painted ...

The compositions of Father Theodore MetcalfThomas Lester

I want to start by thanking a regular reader of The Pilot for contacting me to suggest the following topic and sharing his research on Father Metcalf's contributions to Catholic music. The Solemnity ...

Red Smith on baseballDick Flavin

How are you getting your baseball fix these days? There are great games being replayed on NESN and MLB-TV -- and replayed, and replayed, over and over again. I stopped watching them back in April sometime. ...

Why 'What the bishops are doing about it?' is the wrong questionBishop Robert Barron

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate ...

Will Nancy Pelosi take a page from her father's playbook?George Weigel

In 1918, Mayor James Preston presented a 264-piece silver service to Cardinal James Gibbons on behalf of Baltimore and its citizens -- a municipal tribute to the city's beloved archbishop on the 50th ...