Alex Wasilkoff

Campus News Writer

Wed

28

Mar

2018

Tensions Rise in Jerusalem

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On March 7, Israel passed a law giving the Minister of the Interior the power to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem if they commit a “breach of trust.”

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Bible Nation

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

Dr. Candida Moss, professor of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, gave a lecture at Boston College based on her new book, Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. The  February 7 lecture, and the book, explore the role of Hobby Lobby’s founding family in American public life, especially their philanthropic support of the Museum of the Bible.

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

Vatican Asks Underground Chinese Bishops to Resign

 

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

 

The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, has asked Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou, China, to retire in order to allow a government-approved bishop to take his place. Bishop Zhuang has refused the request.

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Pope Francis Issues Clarifying Letter

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

Pope Francis issued a letter to Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, on October 15 correcting and clarifying a commentary falsely attributed to the Cardinal.

 

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Spirit of Chesterton Left Out of BBC’s Father Brown

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

G. K. Chesterton's stories of Father Brown, the Catholic priest who happens to be an amateur detective, are wonderful short stories saturated with Chesterton's wit and filled with his charming prose, so I was extremely excited when I found out that the BBC had a TV series based on the stories. However, I ended up extremely disappointed.

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

Land O’ Lakes Turns Fifty

 

by Alexander Wasilkoff

 

On October 11, many prominent figures in Catholic higher education met to discuss the legacy, effects, and future of the fifty-year-old Land O’ Lakes Statement.

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

95 Theses Turn 500

 

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

In the early morning of October 31, 1517, one brave man nailed 95 arguments to a church door, and the world was never the same again—or so the story goes. The truth of the legend surrounding Martin Luther’s 95 Theses notwithstanding, it is hard to dispute the world changing effect that this German monk would have. Luther is often given credit for beginning the Protestant Reformation with his 95 Theses in 1517, and a commonly cited ending is the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, although theological disputes, dialogues, and divisions continue to the present day.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

Race in the American Catholic Imagination

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On September 11, Bishop George Murry, S.J. of Youngstown, Ohio, gave an address titled “Race in the American Catholic Imagination.”

 

Bishop Murry started his talk by quoting several statistics about the growth and spread of the Catholic Church over the past century: “In 1910, there were 291 million Catholics worldwide. As of 2010, that number was over 1 billion.” He gave particular emphasis to the geographical shift in the Catholic population saying, “Two-thirds of Catholics lived in Europe in 1910. By 2010, only one-fourth lived in Europe.” He went on to say that the Catholic population in Sub Saharan Africa and other regions of the global south have increased dramatically. Despite the increased racial diversity, Bishop Murry said that the Church still has a crippled conscience about race.

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