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Cartoons and the clash of civilizations

Harvard professor Samuel Huntington’s “class of civilizations” hypothesis — a provocative preview of a twenty-first century in which religiously shaped cultural conflicts define the fault-lines of world politics — created […]

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The Alito apologies

With Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., safely and, I trust, happily, seated on the United States Supreme Court, apologies are in order — as they frequently are after these judicial […]

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Benedict XVI and the divine love story

German journalist Peter Seewald once posed a question to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: why is the Catholic Church always saying “No?” Cardinal Ratzinger explained that the Church wasn’t fundamentally a matter […]

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The Catholic engine of western progress

The standard account of the history of the West from, say, 400-1500 would run something like this: The breakdown of the Roman Empire sent western Europe into the centuries-long civilizational […]