The Papal Consequences of the ‘Miracle of the Vistula’

Many countries have a day to honor their armed forces. Fewer have holidays to mark Marian feast days. Only one combines the two; in Poland, the solemn feast of the Assumption is also Armed Forces Day. The reason lies in events that took place exactly 100 years ago but reverberate even today. Poland had disappeared from the map of Europe in 1795, carved up and occupied by its neighbors — Prussia, Russia and the Empire of Austria-Hungary. After the Great War led to the fall of all three monarchies — German Kaiser, Russian Tsar and Habsburg Emperor — Poland regained …

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Fierce Loyalties

Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church by James Chappel n the last fifty years, most writing about modern Catholicism has treated Vatican II as the great watershed. According to the standard narrative, the Church before the Council was wedded to a stultifying scholasticism and sunk in soul-crushing authoritarianism. After the Council, a new spirit emerged, one of openness and dialogue. At long last, Catholicism shed its defensive, anti-modern mentality and began engaging the contemporary world. In Catholic Modern, James Chappel demolishes this conceit. Chappel describes how, in the course of the twentieth century, Catholicism accommodated …

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The Election of Pope Francis is informative and captivating—and raises many questions

Gerard O’Connell is one of the top Vaticanistas working today. An associate editor and Vatican correspondent for America magazine, he has rightly earned a reputation for his fair and in-depth reporting. While his sympathies skew in a more progressive direction, he avoids the ideological blinders and baggage often seen in the work of other Vatican commentators, such as Austen Ivereigh, Robert Mickens, and Massimo Faggioli. In his recent book The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Account of the Conclave That Changed History, O’Connell turns his considerable talents to the 2013 Conclave that elected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the first …

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Church History

  Ryan M. Reeves is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Dean of the Jacksonville campus.  Ryan is also an adjunct professor for Reformed Theological Seminary and teaches summers at Campus Crusade (Cru). Ryan received his PhD from Cambridge University and has two masters from Reformed Theological Seminary. He also was a guest student in theology at the University of Münster and has studied at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute and the Centro Pro Unione in Rome. Ryan lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Charlotte and three kids: Zoë, Owen, and Dexter. The kids could …

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