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Yearly Archives: 2010

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,...

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...

Richard Dawkins & Co. = Paisley 2.0?

Some years ago, I was invited to address a seminar at the Palace of Westminster for members of the House of Lords and House...

The Pius Wars, continued

In the war over Pius XII and the Holy See’s policy toward Nazi Germany before and during World War II, there are fanatically anti-Pacelli/Pius...

A promise to Pope John Paul II

On the evening of Dec. 15, 2004, I had dinner in the papal apartment with Pope John Paul II and several of his aides....

Questions for candidates in a crucial election

Given the degree to which American politics has deteriorated into barrages of sound-bites, it may seem quixotic—perhaps even idiotic—to indulge my biennial habit of...

The Solidarity difference

Thirty years ago, on Aug. 31, 1980, an electrician named Lech Walesa signed the Gdansk Accords, ending a two-week-old strike at that Hanseatic city’s...

When compromise trumps apostolic tradition

Pope Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit to Great Britain next month will unfold along a pilgrim’s path metaphorically strewn with landmines. Headline-grabbing new atheists like...

An anniversary of consequence

On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Harris v. McRae and upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment, which...

In praise of Father Schall

One does wonder sometimes about God’s ways with his most devoted servants. Several years back, Father James Schall, S.J., one of the greatest of...
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