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On the tenth anniversary of a breakdown

In the late summer of 1997, I fled Washington with twenty linear feet of files, a Toshiba laptop, and two magnums of Kentucky’s finest, and hightailed it to Divine Redeemer […]

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The Ripken ethic

In Men at Work, George F. Will began his celebration of baseball defense with a tale of Cal and Bill Ripken turning a rally-killing double-play while their father watched from […]

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A pontifical conciliar embarrassment

Back in the early Fifties, a papal allocution to an assemblage of ENT specialists might deploy a phrase like “the divinely ordained harmony among ear, nose, and throat.” They were […]

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Chairman Gioia makes NEA work

Tradition tells us that baseball is the national pastime. Economics tells us that it’s pro football. Casual conversation makes it clear that the America’s favorite sport is complaining about government. […]

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Lord, please don’t hear this prayer: a reprise

A while back, I noted with a touch of asperity that the “Prayer of the Faithful” too frequently deteriorates into serial sermonettes, an AmChurch innovation without foundation in the Church’s […]