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Too many Pharaohs: Why the Egyptian revolution failed

Pyramids Mycerinus, Chephren and Cheops at Giza with Cairo suburbs in background, Giza, Egypt, Africa (Anders Blomqvist/) Two years ago, … Continued

Garry Wills: The pope shouldn’t be king

Garry Wills doesn’t mince words when it comes to the papacy. “It’s a crime,” he told On Faith’s Sally Quinn … Continued

The return of pharaoh? The ‘power grab’ by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi

AP In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, President Mohamed Morsi, center right, waves to … Continued

Vatican bank touts transparency amid scandals

VATICAN CITY — As European financial regulators meet in Strasbourg, France, the Vatican is bracing for a decision that could … Continued

Egypt uprising; the Muslim Brotherhood a ‘wildcard’

By Elizabeth Tenety Egyptian demonstrators perform the Friday noon prayer in front of riot police during a demonstration in Cairo … Continued

Political popery a bad idea

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

What makes ground so “sacred” that it provides soil for profane behavior?

In the past few weeks, we have heard both the defenders and opponents of the plan to build a Muslim … Continued

What did he know and when did he know it?

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

Afghanistan: negotiating over women’s maimed bodies and minds

A heart sickening drama is now unfolding at the intersection of religion and politics in Afghanistan, and it threatens to … Continued

Catholics dictating terms

Question: In response to the new gay marriage law in Washington, Catholic Charities closed its adoption and foster care programs … Continued

Obama as messiah

Q: In the Weekly Standard, University of Virginia professor James. W. Ceaser argues that President Obama’s approval ratings are suffering, … Continued

How to Help The Iranian People

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg “It would be better if the administration focused on the regime’s instability and … Continued

Death of the Islamic Republic in 5 Acts

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg The Islamic Republic of Iran is dying a sad, angry death. In its … Continued

God’s Vote — Democracy Comes to Iran

Given the election-related turmoil in the Islamic Republic of Iran, can democracy ever take hold in a theocracy? How should … Continued

Autos, Plagues & Passover: Creating a New Freedom Seder

What do the Iraq War, the drowning of New Orleans, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the great Australian drought, and … Continued

Greed is the Sickness of Runaway Wanting.

“Greed is good,” said a prominent American capitalist not long before the present series of greedy bubble-bursts, beginning with Enron. … Continued

Hagee and the “Whore of Babylon”

Editor’s Note: Correction: Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has not declared himself a supporter of any presidential candidate, … Continued

Benedict XVI: The Shows and the Rifts

The Question: What can Pope Benedict XVI say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy … Continued

Do Christian Beliefs Preclude Freedom of Speech?

In the 17th century, John Locke published Two Treatises of Government and also A Letter Concerning Toleration. These two essays … Continued

Love and Criticism

For any institution or organization, for any religion or people, for any faith or nation, you must criticize the most … Continued