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Banned books: Pushing back against the new ideology

How would you know if you were being brainwashed? When something plainly false — contrary to common sense and right reason — is so constantly forced on you and you are not allowed to question […]

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The world episcopate and the German apostasy

As the names Ambrose, Augustine, Athanasius, and John Chrysostom suggest, the middle centuries of the first millennium, the era of the Church Fathers, were the golden age of the Catholic […]

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Lessons on proper elder care after my mother’s death

We buried my Mom last month.  In the summer of last year, I first drove her to her new memory care facility. My heart was breaking. She was so scared […]

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Catholic coherence, Catholic integrity

In 2007, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean completed their fifth general conference with a final report, known from the Brazilian city where they met as the “Aparecida […]

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Prudential voting in bad times

Sixty years ago, Father John Courtney Murray, SJ, published what I regard as the finest Catholic analysis of American democracy ever penned: We Hold These Truths – Catholic Reflections on the […]

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Why Christians need to talk about religion & politics

There are two things you can’t talk about in public…and the consequences of our silence are real. Learn how this happened and why we need a new approach. We need […]

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For Love of Country: A Catholic Patriotism

Our country has been through a lot this last year, as we all know. As many people have reacted against the founding and history of the United States, I have found […]

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Prop 115: Like David fighting Goliath

Well, it’s that time again. A national election is weeks away. So I guess it’s time for my quadrennial election column. Which, as it turns out, is pretty much always about the […]

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The toxic waste of Roe v. Wade

Great Britain’s parliamentary democracy has no constitutional text, but rather a “constitution” composed of centuries of legal traditions and precedents. So when British courts make grave mistakes, those mistakes can […]

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Truman’s terrible choice, 75 years ago

Three U.S. Navy officers look out at me from a small, black-and-white snapshot, taken in Sasebo, Japan, on September 26, 1945: three and a half weeks after the Japanese Empire’s […]

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Faith: The most essential thing

What is truly essential? This has become a pressing question in our country, especially as churches have faced many government restrictions, even as pot shops and casinos have operated more freely. When John Paul II returned home […]

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The Next Pope and Vatican Diplomacy

During a short papal flight from Boston to New York on October 2, 1979, Father Jan Schotte (later a cardinal but then a low-ranking curial official) discovered that Cardinal Agostino […]