Jesuits and Women: Helen Alvaré to America!

Helen Alvare

Hey, I was just joking when, on April 1, I said the Jesuits were about to admit women into the Society. Still, I was pleased yet tickled yesterday to get a press release announcing that Helen Alvaré would be joining the team over at America, as a contributing columnist.This is, by any estimation, "a good get" for America; it demonstrates the commitment of Editor-in-Chief Matt Malone, to move away from the bubbles, labels and the intellectual/ideological ghettos that we Catholics too often … [Read more...]

Papa and Pop-Pop, Side-by-Side as Christians

Papa and Pop-Pop

What a day it is! With the release of Lumen Fidei and the announcement of canonizations of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, today is all about continuity, cohesion and co-operation: the announced canonization of two modern popes; the release of an encyclical composed by two modern popes, "written with four hands" but with one heart; an unexpected moment when two modern popes sit side-by-side and ask our great angelic warrior, Saint Michael the Archangel, and the most humble of … [Read more...]

The Jesuit in the Dominican Robes, with the Franciscan Name

Well, I've been quiet through some exciting time, and I apologize for that. I was supposed to be writing to you from St. Peter's Square when the white smoke billowed and the new pope emerged, but instead I appear to have brought something dysenteric with me from NY; since landing in Rome, have been unable to do more than cling to the bathroom floor begging for death or healing and offering up my ordeal for the conclave and now our new pope, Francis. I'm a girl who appreciates irony, and … [Read more...]


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