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James T. Keane

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Recent articles by James:

Review: The faith that made Mr. Rogers a great evangelist

Asked in 1986 to describe himself, Fred Rogers listed off a long catalog of descriptors, including performer and television producer, but he concluded with “a husband and a father. And I am a minister.” → Read More

The real-life Philadelphia gangsters who inspired ‘The Irishman’

We love our movies about wiseguys. But what happens when you live and work down the street from them? → Read More

How the Jesuits of ‘America’ heroically defended booze against Prohibition

While Prohibition’s popularity would wane by the end of the decade because of its unintended consequences, at the time of its ratification and implementation, it enjoyed a fair amount of popular support. Except in the pages of America. → Read More

Remembering Michael Buckley, S.J.

Theologian and Jesuit priest Michael Buckley, S.J., died last week in Los Gatos, Calif. → Read More

What would a chapel on the moon look like? Catholics in the ’60s had some ideas.

The November 1967 issue of Liturgical Arts presented architectural drawings, conceptual essays and theological reflections on the topic “A Chapel on the Moon: 2000 A.D.” → Read More

‘Catch-22’ Review: George Clooney adapts Joseph Heller’s darkly comic novel

It's not easy to portray Joseph Heller's 'Catch-22' on film, but a new miniseries didn't miss the target. → Read More

Reading for fun: introducing our Spring Books 2019 issue

Books for every kind of reader are featured in our Spring Books special literary issue. → Read More

What’s new with the Catholic Book Club?

In late fall we discussed Kate Bowler’s poignant memoir about being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. We followed that with one of three recent volumes of the collected short stories of Andre Dubus. → Read More

Revisiting the ‘Boys’ Life’ books of sports stories

Looking back on sports stories designed to educate a certain class of white American male into the virtues of postwar civic culture. → Read More

110 years of America book reviews

America has published thousands of book reviews over 110 years...and some of them were more spot-on than others... → Read More

When Father Malone is away, guest columnist James T. Keane will play ball.

Matt Malone, S.J., is traveling abroad. But I also suspect he let me be the pinch-hitter for this column in America’s special sports issue out of pity. → Read More

Explainer: Will Pope Francis allow married priests?

What exactly is Pope Francis suggesting? → Read More

If a priest is ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse, what does that mean? Depends whom you ask.

The terms used to describe and classify alleged sexual abuse are not standardized across dioceses and religious orders. Should they be? → Read More

Illinois attorney general says local clergy abusers number far more than church officials revealed

While church officials have publicly identified 185 clergy members in Illinois as having been “credibly” accused of child sexual abuse, the Illinois attorney general's office states that it found allegations of abuse by at least 500 more. → Read More

Lessons from John Allen Chau (and Francis Xavier) for Catholic missions today

How should Christians interpret and implement the Gospel mandate to bring the good news to all peoples and nations? → Read More

How to read virtuously: Fall Literary Review

With this Fall Books literary issue, we offer writers and texts that we certainly feel are best read closely and conscientiously. → Read More

Curses! The Dodgers, the Red Sox and the Irish

Are the Dodgers now baseball’s cursed squad? → Read More

Should St. Óscar Romero have been canonized back in El Salvador?

El Salvador celebrates the canonization of their patron saint—but should the ceremony have taken place in San Salvador? → Read More

Review: Spiritual direction for the second half of life

“No matter how long or short our lifespan,” Barbara Lee writes, “we live our spiritual life in the present.” → Read More

An interview with Jim Gavin, creator of whimsical, offbeat “Lodge 49”

"Lodge 49” is a "very personal story" for creator Jim Gavin. "It’s about losing a parent and losing everything you worked for as a family." → Read More