In Defending Constantine, Leithart argued that the free church tradition in general and John Howard Yoder in particular were wrong to identify the fall of the church with the conversion of Emperor Constantine and his use of the sword to advance Christianity. To various degrees these essayists say that Leithart got both Yoder and Constantine wrong.
Many American Catholic bishops have yet to heed Pope Francis’s example of simplicity. According to a CNN investigation, ten of 34 active archbishops in the United States live in domiciles worth more than a million dollars. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City lives in a 15,000-square-foot mansion on Madison Avenue that is worth at least $30 million. Dolan has expressed misgivings about his residence, but so far there are no plans for him to move or to sell the building. In Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley lives more simply in a rundown rectory in the city’s South End (CNN.com, August).