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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.

Latinos may be especially uncomfortable with the prospect of becoming estranged from their families as a result of comin...
06/17/2020
What the church is doing to welcome Latino L.G.B.T. Catholics

Latinos may be especially uncomfortable with the prospect of becoming estranged from their families as a result of coming out. There also may be differences among families from different Latin American countries and cultures. Catholic ministries across the country are trying to help Latino L.G.B.T. Catholics and their families understand each other by working at this intersection of faith, culture and sexuality.

Read more by J.D. Long-Garcia:

New ministries are trying to help Latino L.G.B.T. Catholics and their families understand each other by working at the intersection of faith, culture and sexuality, reports J.D. Long-García. The…

Black men strung up and lynched by Irish-Americans in New York, in the midst of the Civil War. It turns the stomach to a...
06/17/2020
Irish-Americans tempted to condemn today’s protests should remember their history

Black men strung up and lynched by Irish-Americans in New York, in the midst of the Civil War. It turns the stomach to acknowledge, but the truth is unavoidable. Catholics did this.

Black men strung up and lynched by Irish-Americans in New York, in the midst of the Civil War. It turns the stomach to acknowledge, but the truth is unavoidable.

This week on Jesuitical, former co-host Olga Segura returns to discuss how she approaches conversations about racism wit...
06/16/2020
Podcast: Olga Segura on having frank conversations about race

This week on Jesuitical, former co-host Olga Segura returns to discuss how she approaches conversations about racism with her family, the role of the Catholic Church in the fight for racial justice and what white Catholics can do to become allies in that fight. Listen now 🎧

Our friend and former co-host returns to talk about the killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and the role of the Catholic Church in the fight for racial justice.

"An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it woul...
06/15/2020
Supreme Court says federal law protects L.G.B.T. workers from discrimination

"An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex," said Justice Neil Gorsuch writing the opinion in the case argued at the start of the court's term last October.

The decision was for two consolidated cases about fired gay employees and a separate case concerning a fired transgender worker who had sued for employment discrimination after being fired.

As those who believe that God took flesh in Christ, we do not have a liturgy that stands above the weaknesses to which o...
06/14/2020
Is there only one real presence?

As those who believe that God took flesh in Christ, we do not have a liturgy that stands above the weaknesses to which our flesh is heir. But this is our faith; it is not a cause for shame.

A reflection of the feast of Corpus Christi, by the Rev. Terrance Klein

Pope Francis: “God knows how difficult it is, he knows how weak our memory is, and he has done something remarkable: He ...
06/14/2020
Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi: the Eucharist heals our wounded memory

Pope Francis: “God knows how difficult it is, he knows how weak our memory is, and he has done something remarkable: He left us a memorial. He did not just leave us words, for it is easy to forget what we hear. He did not just leave us the Scriptures, for it is easy to forget what we read. He did not just leave us signs, for we can forget even what we see. He gave us food, for it is not easy to forget something we have actually tasted.”

“Jesus approaches us gently, in the disarming simplicity of the host. He comes as bread broken in order to break open the shells of our selfishness.”

The more I learned about the inspector general office, the more I realized it was a concrete example of Catholic social ...
06/14/2020
Trump, the inspectors general and the precarious state of government accountability

The more I learned about the inspector general office, the more I realized it was a concrete example of Catholic social teaching and its concerns about a good and well-ordered society.

Unknown to most citizens, the dozens of inspectors general in the federal government look for waste, fraud and ethics violations. And President Trump has begun firing them, writes Kevin Wildes, S.J.

Santa Clara County, in California’s Bay Area, has the highest income inequality in the state. Billionaires live next to ...
06/13/2020
What the church in San Jose is doing to prepare for a post-Covid future

Santa Clara County, in California’s Bay Area, has the highest income inequality in the state. Billionaires live next to the poor in Silicon Valley. “Shelter in place has caused an even greater disparity.”

It is not uncommon to see a Tesla or a Lexus among the cars in line for food donations at parishes in the diocese.

The Washington Post has been counting deaths at the hands of police since 2015, when the shooting of the unarmed Michael...
06/13/2020
Fatal bias in Minneapolis?

The Washington Post has been counting deaths at the hands of police since 2015, when the shooting of the unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., ignited the Black Lives Matter movement. The Post reports that nationwide police have killed about 1,000 people each year since 2015.

Minneapolis police have used force against African-American residents seven times more often than against white residents over the past five years, reports Kevin Clarke.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, Pope Francis told Christians and people of goodwill th...
06/13/2020
Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Poor amid pandemic: We are all responsible

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, Pope Francis told Christians and people of goodwill that “until we revive our sense of responsibility for our neighbor and every person, grave economic, financial and political crises will continue.”

“We cannot feel alright when any member of the human family is left behind and in the shadows,” Pope Francis said in his message for the World Day of the Poor, which was presented at a virtual Vatican press conference this morning.

“Until we revive our sense of responsibility for our neighbor and every person, grave economic, financial and political crises will continue,” the pope said in his message for the World Day of the…

Beginning this summer, America will shift to a monthly frequency for our print edition. Read more by our editor in chief...
06/12/2020
The evolution of ‘America’

Beginning this summer, America will shift to a monthly frequency for our print edition.

Read more by our editor in chief Matt Malone, S.J.:

This summer, America will shift to a monthly frequency, but our position in relation to the news cycle has not changed.

06/12/2020
A conversation with Carol Keehan, D.C. | Of Many Things with Matt Malone, S.J.

What will Catholic health care look like in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic? On this Friday's episode of 'Of Many Things,' Matt Malone, S.J., welcome Sister Carol Keehan, former president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, to discuss her latest feature in America 'How the pandemic could reshape the U.S. health care system.'

You can read Sister Carol's feature here: https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/05/29/sister-carol-keehan-how-pandemic-could-reshape-us-health-care-system

This week on Inside the Vatican, Gerry describes the Black Lives Matter protests in Europe and the change of heart some ...
06/12/2020
Podcast: Pope Francis challenges pro-life Catholics on racism

This week on Inside the Vatican, Gerry describes the Black Lives Matter protests in Europe and the change of heart some Europeans have had about racism in their countries. Listen now 🎧

This week on Inside the Vatican, the hosts discuss Pope Francis' response to the killing of George Floyd.

For Father Nicolás, to “find God in all things” in the context of Jesuit education is more precisely to be found by God ...
06/12/2020
The legacy of Father Adolfo Nicolás

For Father Nicolás, to “find God in all things” in the context of Jesuit education is more precisely to be found by God in all things, in and beyond the classroom.

Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., former superior general of the Society of Jesus, helped to recenter the role of imagination in Jesuit education and in the intellectual and spiritual formation of the whole…

The views put forth by Archbishop Viganò in his letter to the president are far outside the mainstream of U.S. and globa...
06/11/2020
President Trump tweeted about Archbishop Viganò. So, who is he?

The views put forth by Archbishop Viganò in his letter to the president are far outside the mainstream of U.S. and global Catholicism.

The views put forth by Archbishop Viganò in his letter to the president are far outside the mainstream of U.S. and global Catholicism.

06/11/2020

What will Catholic health care look like in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic? On this Friday's episode of 'Of Many Things,' Matt Malone, S.J., welcome Sister Carol Keehan, former president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, to discuss her latest feature in America 'How the pandemic could reshape the U.S. health care system.'

You can read Sister Carol's feature here: https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/05/29/sister-carol-keehan-how-pandemic-could-reshape-us-health-care-system

Volunteers at the Jubilee Garden of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich, a Chicago suburb, debated whether they w...
06/11/2020
Chicago Catholics tend parish gardens, supply pantries during pandemic

Volunteers at the Jubilee Garden of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich, a Chicago suburb, debated whether they would be able to have the garden at all this year because of the pandemic. But when businesses started opening up, they made plans to start the garden with social-distancing measures in place, said coordinator Sharon Fredrickson.

Volunteers work in the gardens on Saturday mornings and produce is donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

The streets in front of the White House of late have been filled with thousands of youthful faces carrying signs or wear...
06/10/2020
More Catholic bishops, laity join in ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

The streets in front of the White House of late have been filled with thousands of youthful faces carrying signs or wearing T-shirts calling for racial justice, with fists raised in the air, or posing for selfies with a large "Black Lives Matters" sign.

As the protests over the death of George Floyd continued, more and more Catholic clergy are joining in, lending their voices in demanding justice and human rights.

06/10/2020

Bishop Roy Campbell, Jr., president of the National Black Catholic Congress, joins Matt Malone, s.J., for a special episode of 'Of Many Things.'

Bishop Robert Flock: "Ironically, many of the same groups that are now crying for permission to participate in the sacra...
06/10/2020
How Catholics can use this time without the Eucharist to grow closer to Christ

Bishop Robert Flock: "Ironically, many of the same groups that are now crying for permission to participate in the sacraments were opposed to making any exception for priestly celibacy to increase the availability of the Eucharist in the Amazon."

In discerning the necessity to avoid contagion in comparison with the need to offer access to the sacraments, it is necessary to comprehend what is at stake in each area.

A tweet from President Donald Trump drew a wave of shock and outrage from friends of Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old acti...
06/09/2020
Martin Gugino is a Catholic peace activist, not an ‘Antifa provocateur,’ friends say

A tweet from President Donald Trump drew a wave of shock and outrage from friends of Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old activist who was shoved to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest outside City Hall.

A tweet from President Donald Trump drew a wave of shock and outrage from friends of Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old activist who was shoved to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest outside…

Pope Francis has set up the “Jesus the Divine Worker Fund” to help families and individuals in the Rome diocese who have...
06/09/2020
Pope Francis sets ups new fund for workers left out of coronavirus support

Pope Francis has set up the “Jesus the Divine Worker Fund” to help families and individuals in the Rome diocese who have lost their livelihood because of the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many Romans are struggling to survive, especially workers in the gig economy and the families they support, because they are ineligible for assistance from the state or other institutions.

“As bishop of Rome, I have decided to institute in the diocese the ‘Jesus the Divine Worker Fund’ to affirm the dignity of work,” Pope Francis said.

U.S. consumers may be forced to buy food closer to where it is grown or processed. They might lose access to avocados an...
06/09/2020
Could Covid-19 force a ‘buy local’ food revolution?

U.S. consumers may be forced to buy food closer to where it is grown or processed. They might lose access to avocados and mangoes imported from afar and marketed year-round. In that disruption, however, there is an opportunity to adapt consumer habits to align more closely to some of the precepts on consumption that derive from Catholic Social Teaching.

The pandemic will not prove to be an existential threat, but it is likely to change what and how Americans buy and eat. They may be forced to buy food closer to where it is grown or processed.

As the music-loving world celebrates this year the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), every detail of h...
06/09/2020
How Catholic was Beethoven?

As the music-loving world celebrates this year the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), every detail of his life has been scoured and studied. But there is one question that has yet to be answered: To what degree was Beethoven inspired by Catholicism?

For a solution, it is best to experience how Beethoven’s works sound.

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Thanks to Father James Martin for lifting up the contribution of the Catholic Worker and member Martin Gugino. It was wonderful to see the Catholic Worker, which my Uncle Richard Zink was allied with, invoked as an example of a life that embodies the Beatitudes.
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