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America Magazine - The Jesuit Review The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture
America magazine was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1909 as a Catholic weekly review of faith and culture. The first editor in chief was John J. Wynne, S.J. (1859-1948), who also conceived the idea of the Catholic Encyclopedia, the first volume of which appeared in 1907 under his direction. From 1892 Wynne edited a devotional Catholic monthly, The Messenger of the Sacred Heart. Determined to publish materials less devotional and more wide-ranging, so that readers might ”find God in all things,” he had by 1902 divided that earlier journal in two: The Messenger of the Sacred Heart, which remained the organ of the Apostleship of Prayer, and The Messenger, a Catholic magazine of more general interest. He wanted The Messenger to be yet ”more solid and serious,” and in 1909 the improved version appeared as America. This title was meant to demonstrate the new magazine's scope, and the subtitle “Catholic Review of the Week” specified its point of view. The Jesuits at America From the beginning the magazine has been the work of Jesuits and lay colleagues from across the United States and this breadth of origin was reflected in the first editorial board, composed of Jesuits from all the U.S. provinces of the Society of Jesus then existing. Wynne himself, a peremptory if industrious character, lasted only a few months as editor of America, but the editorial formula he devised lasts to this day—editorial comment, articles and reviews of arts and letters. Since 1909 over 200 U.S. and Canadian Jesuits have been associated with America. Prominent Jesuits associated with our history include the social critic and civil rights activist John LaFarge, the theologian John Courtney Murray and Congressman Robert F. Drinan. America’s tenth editor in chief, Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. later served as president of Fordham University. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., president emeritus of Georgetown University, has been a regular contributor to America since 1969. Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., America’s current Books Editor first wrote for the magazine in 1957. Editorial Directions America aggressively promoted racial and social justice from the 1930s through the 1960s, with the contributions of longtime editors like John LaFarge, S.J., and Benjamin Masse, S.J. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-38), the magazine was sympathetic to Spanish Catholics and therefore tended to support the Catholic aspects of Franco’s cause, and on this issue the magazine parted company with liberal U.S. journals with which it is sometimes compared. On the other hand, in the early 1950s, under the editorship of Robert Hartnett, S.J., America criticized Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was often championed by Catholics of that day for his supposed anti-communism, and the magazine and its editor suffered for that principled stand. In the 1960s the magazine enthusiastically reported and supported Vatican Council II, and America Press Inc. published the first available English edition of the counciliar documents. Between 1960 and 1970, C. J. McNaspy, S.J., one of the associate editors, enlivened the magazine’s appreciation of liturgy, music and the fine arts. Throughout its history, America has sought balance in its coverage, always preferring analysis to ideology. A historical example is the editorial of Aug. 17, 1968, carefully dissenting from that part of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” which prohibited all forms of artificial birth control. During the post-Vatican II period, the editors consistently promoted conciliar reform, but they struck a balance between the extremes of opinion in the reforming church, acting as a bridge for church dialogue. New York City The headquarters of America has been located at various addresses in Manhattan since its founding. America began life at 32 Washington Square West. In 1911, the editors moved to 59 East 83rd Street. In 1918, the editorial residence was a town house at 39 West 86th Street. Then, in 1926, another move was made, this time to a double house at 329 West 108th Street, where the editors remained for 39 years. In 1962, a generous gift from Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston made it possible to purchase a building at 106 West 56th Street, which had been the New York headquarters of a national fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. The nine-story facility contained living quarters, library, editorial and business offices, meeting halls and a chapel designed by Thomas Slon, S.J. In 2016, America announced the sale of its headquarters building and re-location to modern facilities elsewhere in Manhattan. America Today In 2015, Matt Malone, S.J., 14th editor in chief, announced that America Press, the publisher of America magazine, would be relaunched as America Media and would produce content across multiple media platforms in addition to print. In 2017, the number of annual print issues was reduced from 39 to 26, reflecting the fact that the majority of America’s content was now produced daily online and through social media. The print edition and website were also re-designed and relaunched in January, 2017 as America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture.

Rather than asking moms to stand, wouldn’t we do better to celebrate Our Lady on Mother’s Day as the model of mother...
05/12/2019
What not to do during Mother’s Day Mass

Rather than asking moms to stand, wouldn’t we do better to celebrate Our Lady on Mother’s Day as the model of motherhood to encourage moms in the trenches as well as the whole Christian community to emulate her in her humility, sacrificial love and maternal compassion?

Mother’s Day is already difficult for women who long to be moms or have lost children in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a child after birth. And these women do not make up a small percentage…

Francis was questioned about the possibility of women deacons by a German sister, who said she hoped the church “would...
05/12/2019
Pope Francis tells women religious church cannot alter revelation on women’s diaconate

Francis was questioned about the possibility of women deacons by a German sister, who said she hoped the church “would not rely only on the basis of history, of dogmatics, of divine revelation, but also on… how Jesus accompanied women and on what humanity has need of in the 21st century” for a future decision about female deacons. Francis said that was true but added he could not do something that has not developed from revelation, the truths about the faith revealed by God.

“In regard to the diaconate we must see what was there at the beginning of revelation, it there was something, let it grow and it arrives, but if there was not, if the Lord didn’t want a sacramental…

The importance of Rachel’s life and work is clear from the outpouring of grief and love that’s emerged from her deat...
05/12/2019
Remembering Rachel Held Evans

The importance of Rachel’s life and work is clear from the outpouring of grief and love that’s emerged from her death. To honor her life and legacy, we wanted to re-air our interview with Rachel from last year.

Her willingness to write candidly and prophetically about her faith inspired countless believers and doubters.

Motherhood can be an introduction into sharing every moment of life with another...but if you're a twin, maybe you remem...
05/12/2019
What being a twin taught me about motherhood

Motherhood can be an introduction into sharing every moment of life with another...but if you're a twin, maybe you remember what it was like...

Despite only recently earning the title, motherhood was not new to me. My body, my mind, my time are not my own.

Ellen Bina Koneck is an identical twin and a new mother: "Being a mother and being a twin are sister states: to be caugh...
05/12/2019
What being a twin taught me about motherhood

Ellen Bina Koneck is an identical twin and a new mother: "Being a mother and being a twin are sister states: to be caught up in, inextricably intertwined with, dependent and depended on the existence of another."

Despite only recently earning the title, motherhood was not new to me. My body, my mind, my time are not my own.

The story of Tolkien's younger years hasn’t been told—the prewar period and his Oxford years, his experiences and ho...
05/12/2019
Who was the priest who helped raise J. R. R. Tolkien?

The story of Tolkien's younger years hasn’t been told—the prewar period and his Oxford years, his experiences and how they made him the writer he became.

The director of ‘Tolkien’ speaks about the influence of Father Francis Xavier Morgan.

Emily Dickinson's poetry is not born from fear, or from shirking the risk of living. Rather her poetry springs from a li...
05/11/2019
Review: In ‘Wild Nights with Emily’ love casts out fear

Emily Dickinson's poetry is not born from fear, or from shirking the risk of living. Rather her poetry springs from a life offered for beauty, a life lived in love. Love casts out fear, finding beauty in what others are afraid to look at—a snake, a rat, even death.

Dickinson is not a poet stunted by fear of living, but an eccentric hermit delighted by the world and delighting in her craft.

During the speech Thursday at a Roman Catholic church on Chicago's South Side, Farrakhan asserted people shouldn't be an...
05/11/2019
Farrakhan says he doesn’t hate Jewish people in speech at Chicago Catholic Church

During the speech Thursday at a Roman Catholic church on Chicago's South Side, Farrakhan asserted people shouldn't be angry with him if "I stand on God's word," also saying that he knows "the truth," and "separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews."

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan said Thursday that despite assertions by Facebook when it banned him from its platform, he is not a hater of Jewish people, is not a misogynist, nor a…

In this month's European Parliament election, no issue rings louder in Hungary than migration. Prime Minister Viktor Orb...
05/11/2019
Hungary stems migrant flow, but issue remains big in E.U. vote

In this month's European Parliament election, no issue rings louder in Hungary than migration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing Fidesz party have campaigned almost exclusively on anti-immigration policies and it remains a hot topic in this formerly beleaguered village as well.

Hungary has stemmed the flow of migrants, and the issue promises to be a major bone of contention in the upcoming European Union elections.

“She missed her daughters so much,” Nadeem Bhatti said, noting she often asked “how they are doing, and feeling ba...
05/11/2019
Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, says friend

“She missed her daughters so much,” Nadeem Bhatti said, noting she often asked “how they are doing, and feeling bad she wasn’t there to help them.”

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who was charged with blasphemy and whose conviction was overturned has moved to Canada to be with her family. She is said to be "very tired" from her ordeal and…

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is one of the best of humanitarian efforts helping vulnerable people in the world an...
05/11/2019
In Washington, refugees from around U.S. lobby for federal program

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is one of the best of humanitarian efforts helping vulnerable people in the world and it should be praised as a success story, not diminished, said a former Iraqi refugee to the U.S., who joined many others in Washington in early May lobbying lawmakers to increase the number of refugees admitted to the country each year.

Refugee advocacy organizations have urged continued support for federal programs such as the U.S. Refugee Admissions Programs as necessary for assisting vulnerable people seeking a better way of life.

This new law is without a doubt a rare gift to the entire church and sets, along with the companion Vatican law providin...
05/10/2019
Pope Francis’ new sex abuse rules are a revolution for the Catholic Church

This new law is without a doubt a rare gift to the entire church and sets, along with the companion Vatican law providing for jail time for any public official of the Vatican who fails to report abuse, an unmistakable new course.

The painful experience of the U.S. church and the voices of the faithful worldwide have helped bring about a change in attitude and a change in law. There is no turning back now.

This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and Colleen talk about three stories from Pope Francis’ trip to Bulgaria ...
05/10/2019
What, if anything, does the commission on women deacons agree on?

This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and Colleen talk about three stories from Pope Francis’ trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. We’ll talk about what he did on that trip, as well as two stories he commented on during a press conference aboard the papal plane.

This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I talk about three stories from Pope Francis’ trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

The U.S. government refuses to offer an account for the death of 16-year-old migrant Juan de León Gutiérrez, who becam...
05/10/2019
Guatemalan teen’s death raises new questions about U.S. care of migrants

The U.S. government refuses to offer an account for the death of 16-year-old migrant Juan de León Gutiérrez, who became the third Guatemalan child to die while under U.S. custody since December 2018.

The U.S. government refuses to offer an account for the death of 16-year-old migrant Juan de León Gutiérrez, who became the third Guatemalan child to die while under U.S. custody since December 2018.

Many who work with men in the church want it to provide spaces where men can be honest even about the messiest parts of ...
05/10/2019
Men are struggling with their spirituality. Can the Catholic Church help?

Many who work with men in the church want it to provide spaces where men can be honest even about the messiest parts of their lives. In that sharing lies the key both to men’s own transformations and a healthier society for all.

The last year has witnessed the rise of an extraordinary international conversation around gender and power. In this watershed moment, where is the church? And how can it help?

The singing that is expected of the congregation is unrealistic, as if people could learn hundreds of hymns or still sin...
05/10/2019
How to get more people to sing at Mass: Stop adding new hymns

The singing that is expected of the congregation is unrealistic, as if people could learn hundreds of hymns or still sing from the heart with their noses buried in a songbook.

A supposed need for variety imposes more and more hymns on congregants, but the cost of novelty can be the full, active participation of those in the pews.

There are different audiences to which a translation can be directed. Is this translation for general use or for scholar...
05/10/2019
Trials of a Translator

There are different audiences to which a translation can be directed. Is this translation for general use or for scholarly study? Will it be read aloud, as at prayer or liturgical celebrations?

What do Catholics think about the translation of the Mass we are now using?

05/10/2019
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Pope Francis told reporters May 7 he had been kept informed about Jean Vanier's failing health and had phoned him a week before his death.

Catholic leaders greeted the news on May 9 that the Vatican will require all bishops to adopt procedures aimed at holdin...
05/09/2019
Catholic leaders welcome Pope Francis’ new rules on reporting sex abuse

Catholic leaders greeted the news on May 9 that the Vatican will require all bishops to adopt procedures aimed at holding church leaders accountable for reporting sexual abuse with optimism. Victim advocacy groups appear more cautious, however, saying the new measure is only a first step.

“We would have been far more impressed if this new law required church officials to report to police and prosecutors instead. Oversight from external, secular authorities will better protect children…

Don Johnson, set to be executed May 16 by the state of Tennessee for the brutal 1984 murder of his wife Connie Johnson, ...
05/09/2019
As execution looms, case for clemency hinges on an act of forgiveness

Don Johnson, set to be executed May 16 by the state of Tennessee for the brutal 1984 murder of his wife Connie Johnson, has several people in his corner advocating clemency for him.

Don Johnson, set to be executed May 16 by the state of Tennessee for the brutal 1984 murder of his wife Connie Johnson, has several people in his corner advocating clemency for him.

One year ago, the lives of 32 families in this southeast Iowa town of 8,700 people were upended by an immigration raid t...
05/09/2019
On anniversary of immigration raid, Iowans join in solidarity, prayer

One year ago, the lives of 32 families in this southeast Iowa town of 8,700 people were upended by an immigration raid that resulted in the arrest of 32 men at the concrete plant where they worked.

One year ago, the lives of 32 families in this southeast Iowa town of 8,700 people were upended by an immigration raid that resulted in the arrest of 32 men at the concrete plant where they worked.

Sri Lankan Catholic officials said Thursday that church-run schools that have been closed since Easter Sunday bombings a...
05/09/2019
Sri Lankan church schools to reopen after Easter bombings

Sri Lankan Catholic officials said Thursday that church-run schools that have been closed since Easter Sunday bombings are expected to reopen next week, and Sunday Masses will resume this weekend if security conditions are appropriate.

Sri Lankan Catholic officials said Thursday that church-run schools that have been closed since Easter Sunday bombings are expected to reopen next week, and Sunday Masses will resume this weekend if…

"In that Caritas center are many Christians who have learned to see with God's own eyes," Pope Francis said. "God is not...
05/09/2019
Pope Francis meets refugees in Bulgaria

"In that Caritas center are many Christians who have learned to see with God's own eyes," Pope Francis said. "God is not worried about details but seeks out and awaits each person with a father's eyes."

"In that Caritas center are many Christians who have learned to see with God's own eyes," Pope Francis said. "God is not worried about details but seeks out and awaits each person with a father's…

Visiting the small Catholic communities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia offered an opportunity to encourage the faithful...
05/09/2019
Catholic minorities can still change the world, Pope Francis says

Visiting the small Catholic communities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia offered an opportunity to encourage the faithful to remember God's miracle of being able to feed a multitude with just a few loaves and fishes, Pope Francis said.

Visiting the small Catholic communities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia offered an opportunity to encourage the faithful to remember God's miracle of being able to feed a multitude with just a few…

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near...
05/09/2019
Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded.

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded.

In diverse classrooms, epiphanies do not necessarily come from the Catholic tradition itself but from the people trying ...
05/09/2019
How diversity in the classroom makes us better Catholics

In diverse classrooms, epiphanies do not necessarily come from the Catholic tradition itself but from the people trying to be together while engaging it.

Today, it is the rule—not the exception—that there are at least as many students of color in my classrooms as white students.

Inadequate formation for celibacy has led to tragic situations, shattered lives and crises of faith.
05/09/2019
The hopes and challenges of priestly celibacy today

Inadequate formation for celibacy has led to tragic situations, shattered lives and crises of faith.

For celibate priests, there are three specific and essential elements of formation for sustaining their commitment: They need a meaningful reason for celibacy, they need skills for celibate living,…

The general reader might have been served better if each president was treated in separate chronological essays.
05/09/2019
Review: Doris Kearns Goodwin on four presidential leaders

The general reader might have been served better if each president was treated in separate chronological essays.

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s strength is in the way she captures the presidential scene with companionable prose that most professional historians are unable to capture.

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has left for Canada to be r...
05/09/2019
Asia Bibi, Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy, leaves Pakistan

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has left for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said Wednesday.

Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani woman who was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 for being a Christian and put on death row and whose conviction was subsequently overturned, has left the country to reunited…

The Mexican bishops' conference has appealed for assistance for thousands of migrants stuck in Chiapas state as Mexican ...
05/08/2019
Mexican bishops call for migrant assistance at their southern border

The Mexican bishops' conference has appealed for assistance for thousands of migrants stuck in Chiapas state as Mexican officials step up enforcement and stop issuing travel documents.

The Mexican bishops' conference has appealed for assistance for thousands of migrants stuck in Chiapas state as Mexican officials step up enforcement and stop issuing travel documents.

05/08/2019
Pope Francis: Commission on women deacons did not reach agreement

In a press conference on the flight from Skopje to Rome, Pope Francis revealed that the commission he set up two years ago to examine the role of women in the early church did not reach agreement on the question of women deacons. He said the members of the commission had quite different positions, and after two years it stopped work. He made clear that the issue needed further study but did not say who would do this work.

For more on women deacons, watch this conversation with commission memebrs Phyllis Zagano and Bernard Pottier, S.J.,: https://youtu.be/URxf_YoLEJM

The Jesuit university has achieved carbon neutrality through energy efficiency and also through the financial support of...
05/08/2019
How the University of San Francisco became the first Jesuit university to go carbon neutral

The Jesuit university has achieved carbon neutrality through energy efficiency and also through the financial support of reforestation projects and other green initiatives around the world.

The Jesuit university has achieved carbon neutrality through energy efficiency and also through the financial support of reforestation projects and other green initiatives around the world.

How did Jean Vanier affect your life? What does the work of L’Arche mean to you? Send us your video reflections for an...
05/08/2019
Send us a video tribute to Jean Vanier

How did Jean Vanier affect your life? What does the work of L’Arche mean to you? Send us your video reflections for an opportunity to be included in a tribute to the late Jean Vanier.

Send us your video reflections for an opportunity to be included in a tribute to the late Jean Vanier.

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