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Pat Moynihan: The Great Catholic ‘What if…?’

The recent publication of “Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary” (Public Affairs) is cause for both celebration and sadness: celebration, because his letters reintroduce us […]

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Papal humor

Despite the world’s fascination with All Things Papal, there isn’t much out there about papal humor. Which is, in a sense, entirely understandable: it takes a certain breadth of imagination, […]

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Bob Woodward, the President, and Just War

There was considerable just war argument before, during, and after the Iraq War.  Some of it was not terribly insightful, but, in the main, the debate demonstrated that the principles […]

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Newman’s faith

Two postcard portraits of the recently-beatified John Henry Newman have graced my office for years. One is a miniature painted by Sir William Charles Ross in 1845, the year of […]