Michael Sean Winters

Pope With a Purpose

Helping the poor has been his life mission. But can he reform the Church?

The Catholic world got a surprise yesterday: Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, S.J. was on everyone’s short list in 2005 but, at age 76, most commentators assumed he was too old to assume the papal throne, especially after Pope Benedict XVI resigned citing the effects of old age. Then came the second surprise: Bergoglio chose the name Francis, the first time a pope has chosen the name of Catholicism’s favorite saint.

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White Smoke Is Good News for Cardinal Scola

A short conclave increases the odds the archbishop of Milan will be pope

A short conclave increases the odds the archbishop of Milan will be pope

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What Is Pope Benedict's Legacy in America?

He's seen as a doctrinaire conservative. But he had a progressive streak, too.

He's seen as a doctrinaire conservative. But he had a progressive streak, too.

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It is astonishing to me that in a book dedicated to exposing silly heresies in our day, Douthat fails to recognize his complicity with his neoconserva

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In contending against what he sees as an America afflicted with too many heresies, Ross Douthat’s book, Bad Religion, is riddled with mistakes of fact

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In his new book on Latino Catholicism, Matovina argues that American Catholics must reclaim Latino Catholic history not only because it is true, but a

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The 2012 GOP nominating contest has witnessed the final triumph of an unlikely figure. I say “unlikely” because his name hasn’t been invoked much (if at all) by any of the candidates, nor has he been mentioned frequently by the press in its campaign coverage. What’s more, he died in 2007.

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At the center of the story is a religious fact, a miracle, which came at a time when religious facts, especially miracles, were viewed with suspicion.

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To hear some people tell it, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan virtually endorsed GOP Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget last week. “Paul Ryan Gets Boost From Catholic Bishops,” read a Politico headline, recounting the release of letters Ryan and Dolan had exchanged. “Dolan Blesses Ryan Budget,” lamented one liberal website. But Archbishop Dolan, who was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last November, did no such thing.

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Bob Drinan’s life certainly requires a good biography, but this is not a good biography or even a good book. Riddled with the kinds of factual mistake

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