Father Greeley’s Book Examines Chicago Catholics

My column does not conventionally review books, but one book has been on my desk for months as a prompt for something on which I wanted to comment. This week, fortuitously, friend Kevin Christiano of Notre Dame, knowing of my interest in the subject, sent a copy of a...

Some Controversies Too Important To Oversimplify

Citing national debates over the religious and judicial implications having to do with fluoridation of water would draw little notice. Such was not always the case. At last mid-century, when the pile of letters to the editor of The Christian Century might thin out for...

Catholics’ Message: Peace Through Justice

Forty years ago, in his World Day for Peace message on Jan. 1, 1972, Pope Paul VI declared, “If you want peace, work for justice.” Those were very significant words that, for good reason, have often been quoted throughout the last four decades. Pope...

Dioceses Turn to Evangelism to Boost Numbers

Atheism now gets more attention than usual when people measure religious trends in North America. More people put the name “atheism” on their a-religiousness than did so decades ago. For the record, my Ph.D. thesis in 1956 was on “unbelief,”...

What’s a Baptist? Anything and Everything

Baptists and Mormons are running ahead of Catholics in media coverage on the current “public religion” front. Many of the members of all three faith groups chafe when they hear their movements denominated “denominations.” Catholics chide...