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Is it time to revive Catholic triumphalism? On the whole, I’d say yes. At the very least, the question isn’t frivolous and deserves serious consideration. For after several decades during which … more
Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it.” Msgr. Knox, eminent … more
When religion and secularism butt heads on public policy — a regular occurrence these days — religion typically is obliged to fight with one hand tied behind it. Unfair, you say? Certainly it is, … more
A man I know was walking his dog when a neighbor woman approached him and inquired about his wife. Not having seen her out and about in quite some time, the lady wondered: Was she well? “Not … more
The likelihood that the Supreme Court will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage next June raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do … more
I try to take American politics seriously, I really do. Serious issues are at stake, after all. But sometimes, entirely too often in fact, the realities of American political discourse make taking it … more
Is the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, including indissolubility, an ideal or a norm? Although the question may sound abstract, even esoteric, it has urgent, immediate practical … more
President Lyndon Baines Johnson had spoken the words “Great Society” before, but on Jan. 4, 1965, he brought the pieces together as a legislative package for Congress. His State of the Union … more
Let’s face it, 2014 was a rotten year for heroes and hero worship. Sure, the ones it brought were plucky, admirable people who did praiseworthy things. But all too often their good deeds were … more
For months after the Supreme Court abruptly legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision in January 1973, people who welcomed the result repeatedly declared that the struggle over abortion had now … more
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