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I’d been running into references to the book every now and then for years. People told me I really ought to read it. But somehow I never got around to that. Then a friend forced my hand by … more
Eighty-eight years ago a Happy Warrior from the streets of New York ran for president of the United States. His name was Al Smith, and he deserves to be remembered now as another bitter presidential … more
Speaking at a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a gunman in retaliation for police shootings of blacks, President Obama rightly stressed the need for Americans to come … more
In the dead of winter every year thousands of pro-lifers throng the streets of downtown Washington making a public statement on behalf of life. Converging on the Mall for speeches in the shadow of … more
And so, in this exceedingly strange political year, what has become of the Catholic vote? There was a time not so long ago when the actual or anticipated voting behavior of American Catholics was … more
Americans, a goodly number of them anyway, are angry. Opinion polls and both parties’ primaries are evidence of that. But will this anger be put to good use or squandered? At the moment, … more
It wasn’t so much the look of poverty as she saw it a century ago in the teeming tenements of New York that outraged Dorothy Day as it was the smell. Many years later in her autobiography The Long … more
Although the wave of battles now underway in several parts of the country over religious freedom laws and LGBT rights may come as a surprise to some people, it shouldn’t. At least since last … more
Now that the dust stirred by publication of Pope Francis’ new document on marriage and the family has started to settle, it’s time for assessments that avoid the overwrought tone of some early … more
As the presidential primaries wear on, a potentially serious dilemma has begun to take shape for some voters. The question isn’t for whom to vote in November but whether to vote at all. Yes, … more
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