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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.

Saying that "confession is sacred to every priest and every Catholic," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez is calling o...
05/17/2019
Gomez: Forcing priests to break seal of confession is no solution to abuse

Saying that "confession is sacred to every priest and every Catholic," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez is calling on Catholics to tell their state senators to vote "no" on a bill that "would order priests to disclose information they might hear in confession concerning the sexual abuse of minors."

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez is calling on Catholics to tell their state senators to vote "no" on a bill that "would order priests to disclose information they might hear in confession…

America wants to know: Should doctors and other medical professionals have a general right to refuse to perform medical ...
05/17/2019

America wants to know: Should doctors and other medical professionals have a general right to refuse to perform medical procedures based on their conscience?

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Spirituality books may genuinely try to help men, but they can function as Trojan horses, inserting cultural, political ...
05/17/2019
Men are struggling with their spirituality. Can the Catholic Church help?

Spirituality books may genuinely try to help men, but they can function as Trojan horses, inserting cultural, political or social agendas that are neither pastorally helpful nor consistent with the tenets of Christianity.

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?

Generations of Genesis readers have probably imagined Noah’s wife as obedient, chaste and reverent: so unobjectionable...
05/17/2019
Review: What if Noah’s ark was told through his wife’s perspective?

Generations of Genesis readers have probably imagined Noah’s wife as obedient, chaste and reverent: so unobjectionable she does not merit much mention. Blake depicts Naamah as someone much wilder, sharing more in common with the animals she cares for.

Sarah Blake's dream-like and intriguing first novel introduces us to the wife of Noah.

Today’s trend toward intentionality in domestic order may seem groundbreaking, but the equation of domestic order to m...
05/17/2019
Marie Kondo’s road to a tidy (and examined) life

Today’s trend toward intentionality in domestic order may seem groundbreaking, but the equation of domestic order to moral order is not new.

The queen of ‘tidying’ is captivating audiences with this question: What do you truly value?

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is hopeful that schools will reopen soon for the first time since the Easter Sunday att...
05/17/2019
Catholic schools in Sri Lanka hope to reopen after Easter Sunday attacks

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is hopeful that schools will reopen soon for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is hopeful that schools will reopen soon for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.

Jean Vanier will almost certainly be canonized, and perhaps he will be polished up a bit. But I hope he will also be rem...
05/17/2019
My time with Jean Vanier and his mom, the grandmother of L’Arche

Jean Vanier will almost certainly be canonized, and perhaps he will be polished up a bit. But I hope he will also be remembered as a real person.

Pauline Vanier sold everything she owned and moved into a small house in Trosly-Breuil. She became “Mamie,” the grandmother of L’Arche.

“It’s an anti-family proposal,” according to Kevin Appleby, a long time immigration advocate. “The church should...
05/17/2019
Catholic leaders: Trump’s merit-based immigration plan is ‘anti-family’ and ‘disturbing’

“It’s an anti-family proposal,” according to Kevin Appleby, a long time immigration advocate. “The church should be concerned. The changes he’s proposing would have families immediately deported back to dangerous countries. Instead of ensuring due process, he’s undermining it.”

President Donald Trump announced new priorities for immigration reform from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, underscoring the need for border security, limiting asylum cases and merit-based…

“Our Christian faith must not be used to deny the inherent dignity of every person,” said Sister Simone Campbell, th...
05/16/2019
Some Catholic advocates support Equality Act, despite opposition from U.S. bishops

“Our Christian faith must not be used to deny the inherent dignity of every person,” said Sister Simone Campbell, the head of the social justice lobbying group Network.

With the House of Representatives expected to vote this week on a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal nondiscrimination laws, Catholic leaders find…

Although the Supreme Court justices chose not to take up two petitions for review submitted by death-row inmates from Al...
05/16/2019
Supreme Court justices defend divergent death penalty views

Although the Supreme Court justices chose not to take up two petitions for review submitted by death-row inmates from Alabama and Tennessee May 13, they didn't do so with a simple one-sentence rejection.

Although the Supreme Court justices chose not to take up two petitions for review submitted by death-row inmates from Alabama and Tennessee May 13, they didn't do so with a simple one-sentence…

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, called passage of the near-tot...
05/16/2019
Pro-Life leaders applaud Alabama abortion ban bill

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life group, called passage of the near-total ban on abortion "a landmark victory for the people of Alabama who, like most Americans, overwhelmingly reject the extreme status quo of abortion on demand imposed nationwide by Roe v. Wade."

If the bill becomes law, Alabama will have the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,...
05/16/2019
New York religious leaders endorse bill to end solitary confinement

Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,000 inmates are isolated in 6-by-10 cells for over 23 hours a day.

Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,000 inmates are isolated in 6-by-10 cells for over 23 hours a day.

A lawsuit against the Vatican was filed on behalf of five men in Minneapolis who were sexually abused by priests when th...
05/16/2019
Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

A lawsuit against the Vatican was filed on behalf of five men in Minneapolis who were sexually abused by priests when they were minors.

A lawsuit against the Vatican was filed on behalf of five men in Minneapolis who were sexually abused by priests when they were minors. The lawsuit calls for the Vatican to release the names of every…

Today, 16 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the A.J.C.U. are led by lay presidents, three of whom are women ...
05/16/2019
Meet the women leaders who are transforming Jesuit higher education

Today, 16 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the A.J.C.U. are led by lay presidents, three of whom are women - Dr. Linda LeMura of Le Moyne College, Jo Ann Rooney of Loyola University Chicago and Dr. Tania Tetlow of Loyola University New Orleans.

Although these women make up a relatively small percentage of the university presidents, they already are making an impact at their own schools and beyond. Their perspectives as lay women professionals in leadership has brought needed skills to their institutions and created opportunities to clarify their institutions’ Jesuit mission and identity.

Today, 16 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the A.J.C.U. are led by lay presidents, three of whom are women. Their perspectives as lay women professionals in leadership has brought needed…

A new documentary called "Tell No One" on the sexual abuse crisis, has shaken the Catholic Church in Poland to its core....
05/16/2019
Poland vows firm penalties for sex abuse amid church crisis

A new documentary called "Tell No One" on the sexual abuse crisis, has shaken the Catholic Church in Poland to its core. The government vows tougher punishments for those who engage in such acts.

A new documentary called "Tell No One" on the sexual abuse crisis, has shaken the Catholic Church in Poland to its core. The government vows tougher punishments for those who engage in such acts.

Police searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas on Wednesday after an investigation into child sexual abus...
05/15/2019
Police execute search warrant at Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Police searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas on Wednesday after an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others, a police commander said.

Police searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas on Wednesday after an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others, a police…

If Orthodox ecclesiology today remains underdeveloped or in a “pre-theological stage” as Cardinal Kasper has suggest...
05/15/2019
Will a new gathering of Orthodox scholars and leaders push ecumenism forward?

If Orthodox ecclesiology today remains underdeveloped or in a “pre-theological stage” as Cardinal Kasper has suggested, the work of IOTA could help move the ecumenical movement forward.

The work of IOTA could help move the ecumenical movement forward. IOTA plans to meet every four years, on the model of the Olympics. It could become a blessing for all the church.

On Sunday (May 12) militants attacked a Roman Catholic Church service in Dablo, a town about 200 kilometers north of Bur...
05/15/2019
Islamists target Christians in Burkina Faso

On Sunday (May 12) militants attacked a Roman Catholic Church service in Dablo, a town about 200 kilometers north of Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, killing a 34-year-old Catholic priest and at least five worshippers. The priest, Rev. Simeon Yampa, died as he celebrated morning Mass.

A rash of attacks on churches in Burkina Faso is exposing the growing challenge of containing Islamist violence across Africa’s Sahel region.

In his usual weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a ride in the popemobile to eight mig...
05/15/2019
Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

In his usual weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a ride in the popemobile to eight migrant Libyan children who recently arrived in Italy.

In his usual weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a ride in the popemobile to eight migrant Libyan children who recently arrived in Italy. The pope made this public…

More than 1,000 people gathered in Philadelphia May 10 to demonstrate against recent social media videos of a Pennsylvan...
05/15/2019
Philadelphia holds ‘Pro-Life Rally Against Bullying’

More than 1,000 people gathered in Philadelphia May 10 to demonstrate against recent social media videos of a Pennsylvania lawmaker berating people for praying outside of an abortion clinic.

More than 1,000 people gathered in Philadelphia May 10 to demonstrate against recent social media videos of a Pennsylvania lawmaker berating people for praying outside of an abortion clinic.

Cardinal Cupich said he apologized "to my Jewish brothers and sisters, whose friendship I treasure, from whom I learn so...
05/15/2019
Cardinal Cupich apologizes for Farrakhan visit to Chicago Catholic Church

Cardinal Cupich said he apologized "to my Jewish brothers and sisters, whose friendship I treasure, from whom I learn so much, and whose covenant with God remains eternal."

"Minister Farrakhan could have taken the opportunity to deliver a unifying message of God’s love for all his children. Instead, he repeatedly smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly…

I still to this day don’t know why it was sold out before it started, because Lin wasn’t ‘Lin’ yet. It was like ...
05/14/2019
A backstage look at Hamilton, the musical phenomenon

I still to this day don’t know why it was sold out before it started, because Lin wasn’t ‘Lin’ yet. It was like Beatlemania.

It's been 10 years since Lin-Manuel Miranda took his shot and performed at the White House Poetry Jam. We talk to Amber White, stage manager at "Hamilton" to learn more about the hit musical.

In response to the current epidemic of despair, we should recommit ourselves to practicing something analogous to the fi...
05/14/2019
What our lonely culture can learn from L’Arche, the Last Supper and ‘love feasts’

In response to the current epidemic of despair, we should recommit ourselves to practicing something analogous to the first Christians’ love feasts in our daily lives.

The United States is suffering from an epidemic of despair. The Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles, one of the earliest descriptions of a Christian community, offers one way to cultivate love.

Many Poles to this day have a feeling that their suffering has not been adequately acknowledged by the world, while that...
05/14/2019
Polish nationalists protest U.S. over Holocaust claims

Many Poles to this day have a feeling that their suffering has not been adequately acknowledged by the world, while that of Jewish suffering in the Holocaust has, creating what has often been called a "competition of victimhood."

Protesters, including far-right groups and their supporters, say the United States has no right to interfere in Polish affairs and that the U.S. government is putting "Jewish interests" over the…

Priority for everything from shelter to asylum is given to the most vulnerable: unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, si...
05/14/2019
Refugees and visitors experience huge differences between Greek migrant camps

Priority for everything from shelter to asylum is given to the most vulnerable: unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, single-parent families and families with a member who has a disability or is ill.

The papal almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, visited the Greek island of Lesbos, where migrants are being held pending the review of their status. He went to see firsthand what the migrants' living…

Pope Francis has invited young economists and entrepreneurs around the world to help create a "new and courageous cultur...
05/14/2019
Pope Francis invites young people to pledge to build a new economy

Pope Francis has invited young economists and entrepreneurs around the world to help create a "new and courageous culture" that finds new ways to do business, promote human dignity and protect the environment.

The aim is to build and promote a different kind of economy: "one that brings life not death, one that is inclusive and not exclusive, humane and not dehumanizing, one that cares for the environment…

The Risen One shows us that life is stronger than death, that hope is stronger than despair, that love is stronger than ...
05/14/2019
With the Resurrection, new life is possible for you too!

The Risen One shows us that life is stronger than death, that hope is stronger than despair, that love is stronger than hate and that nothing is impossible with God. That should give us all hope in our lives.

To live out the Resurrection we have to first truly believe in Jesus’s resurrection.

It was, the 55-year-old Polish priest said, a situation that called for “an act of humanity,” given that the city of...
05/13/2019
Pope Francis’ almsgiver restores power (illegally) to homeless shelter in Italy

It was, the 55-year-old Polish priest said, a situation that called for “an act of humanity,” given that the city officials who could have resolved this problem did not work over the weekend, and he could find no one to speak to with the authority to restore power.

By reconnecting the building to the power supply and breaking the seals that prevented the building from having power, the papal almoner broke the law. But he was unrepentant.

Pope Francis has authorized the organization of pilgrimages to the Marian shrine of Medjugorje, the Vatican announced on...
05/13/2019
Pope Francis authorizes the organization of pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Pope Francis has authorized the organization of pilgrimages to the Marian shrine of Medjugorje, the Vatican announced on Sunday. It made clear, however, that this decision should not be interpreted as an authentication of the events that are said to have happened there: The alleged apparitions of Our Lady in 1981 and thereafter “still need further examination by the church.”

Pope Francis has authorized the organization of pilgrimages to the Marian shrine of Medjugorje, the Vatican announced today.

Mary, the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an, has an entire chapter named after her and is honored by Muslims ...
05/13/2019
How Mary can be a bridge between Christians and Muslims

Mary, the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an, has an entire chapter named after her and is honored by Muslims as the Virgin Mother of Jesus.

In an era when Islamophobia is on the rise, it seems especially important for Catholic Christians to know that in addition to sharing our belief in the one God, Muslims also share a reverence for…

Do mothers retire? Should we retire? I would have said no, that my daughters would continue to need some part of me unti...
05/13/2019
Do we ever retire from being mothers?

Do mothers retire? Should we retire? I would have said no, that my daughters would continue to need some part of me until I die.

Since retiring from my job, my husband has found me irritating. We had a talk (after fighting), and he is right: I am mothering him. Smothering him. “I have a mother,” he said. “I want a wife, a…

Maybe the perfect Mother’s Day scenario eludes us because we are uncomfortable or out-of-practice at putting ourselves...
05/12/2019
What your mom wants (and doesn’t want) this Mother’s Day

Maybe the perfect Mother’s Day scenario eludes us because we are uncomfortable or out-of-practice at putting ourselves first.

In my unofficial survey of mothers, not a single mother mentioned gifts as part of a perfect Mother’s Day.

The relationship between single mothers and the Catholic Church is not always an easy one. Because the church has long d...
05/12/2019
How the Catholic Church can help single mothers

The relationship between single mothers and the Catholic Church is not always an easy one. Because the church has long defined marriage as central to lay Catholic identity, Catholic single mothers have sometimes stayed hidden in the shadows.

Because the church has long defined marriage as central to lay Catholic identity, Catholic single mothers have sometimes stayed hidden in the shadows.

To believe that Christ is alive and still at work in the world today requires every Christian to pay attention to the vo...
05/12/2019
How do you listen to the voice of Christ?

To believe that Christ is alive and still at work in the world today requires every Christian to pay attention to the voice that speaks within the heart.

This Sunday’s Gospel calls us to create that quiet place in the midst of the world’s distractions,

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