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George Weigel
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State-sponsored cruelty has been a staple of the human condition for millennia. But has there ever been a more wicked policy with more disastrous social consequences than the “one-child policy” … more
We American Catholics are, in the main, notoriously uninterested in our own history. So it likely escaped the notice of many that Dec. 3 marked the bicentenary of the death of John Carroll, one of … more
It’s been a good reading year, and I highly recommend the following to the readers on your Christmas (not “holiday”) shopping list: God or Nothing, by Cardinal Robert Sarah (Ignatius Press): … more
Walking through the narrow, winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City on my first visit there in 15 years, I was struck powerfully once again by the grittiness of Christianity, the palpable … more
Several years ago, Father Raymond de Souza, one of my fellow faculty members at an annual Krakow-based summer seminar on Catholic social doctrine, made a trenchant observation about the city St. John … more
Amidst all the Sturm und Drang of Synod 2015, something genuinely new in the life of the church began, and it shouldn’t escape our notice. For the first time in two millennia, an entry in the … more
The XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family begins with Mass in St. Peter’s Oct. 4. No synod in modern Catholic history has drawn such worldwide press attention or … more
The history of popes in these United States is full of surprises. And one of them, to begin at the beginning, includes the little-known fact that Blessed Paul VI was not the first pontiff to set … more
Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 15, 1940, Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine were driven from the prime minister’s country house, Chequers, to the nearby village of Uxbridge, a Royal Air … more
At an inch or so over five feet and weighing, I would guess, something on the underside of 100 pounds, Sister Winnie, a soft spoken Filipina, is not your typical dinner speaker. Yet a few weeks ago … more
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