Misreading Murray, Yet Again

by George Weigel From his present location in the communion of saints, Father John Courtney Murray, S.J., who died in 1967, is probably indifferent to the various ways his work on Catholicism and American democracy is misconstrued in the 21st century. But those who think that Father Murray still has something to teach Catholics about […]

Brooklyn Native Ordained Jesuit

A former high school teacher at two Queens Catholic schools has been ordained a Jesuit priest. Father James T. Donovan, who taught at Christ the King R.H.S., Middle Village, and St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, is one of 16 Jesuit priests ordained this month in the U.S. He was ordained at Fordham University, the Bronx, […]

Death of a Hero: Remembering Father John Kavanaugh, S.J.

by Father Robert Lauder ON NOV. 5 of last year, Father John Kavanaugh, S.J., author of Following Christ in a Consumer Society: The Spirituality of Cultural Resistance (New York: Orbis, Revised edition, 1991, pp. 194,) died. Not only was he one of my heroes, I was blessed to also have him as a friend. Though […]

Philosophy and Religion

by Father Robert Lauder Teaching philosophy at St. John’s University, I frequently encounter students who do not have a clear understanding of the difference between philosophy and theology. From the time that I first noticed this, I have been including in all six of the different courses that I teach an opening lecture on the […]


Sister Louis Marie Biechele, C.S.J., 94, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died in Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, April 2, in the 75th year of her religious life. She entered the congregation in 1938 from St. Brendan parish, Midwood After earning degrees in Math from St. John’s University and extended […]

Newman’s Legacy — Understanding Religion’s Value

by Father Robert Lauder Second in a Series READING Faith Maps: Ten Religious Explorers from Newman to Joseph Ratzinger (New York: Paulist Press, 2010, $16.95, pp.158) by Father Michael Paul Gallagher, S.J. has brought back some wonderful memories. Back in the early 1970s, while I was teaching at what was then Cathedral College of The […]