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Mr. Blair’s Cafeteria

This past Lent, in the course of an interview with Attitude, a gay magazine, Tony Blair said that Pope Benedict XVI’s “entrenched attitude” toward homosexual behavior was less tolerant than […]

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A Christian nation?

A few days alter the 2008 election, I was walking toward the Largo Argentina on a cool, clear Roman evening, when I noticed a magazine kiosk and wandered over to […]

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Religious freedom and American security

Full disclosure, up front: Thomas F. Farr, author of World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital to American Security (Oxford University Press), is my friend. Friendship […]

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Freed to be images of God

Four distinguished American theologians have died since the beginning of Advent: Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Father Richard John Neuhaus, Msgr. William B. Smith, and Father Francis Canavan, S.J. Each of […]

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Sisters on a different mountaintop

On Jan. 30, an apostolic visitation of religious orders of women in the United States was announced. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), whose membership includes most of the […]

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Food, sex, and us

George F. Will calls Mary Eberstadt “intimidatingly intelligent.” George must be easily intimidated these days, because Mary is one of the nicest (and funniest) people I know. She’s also our […]

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Four fibs and a waffle

On March 9, President Barack Obama gave my pro-life mother a nasty 95th birthday president: an executive order rescinding the restrictions that President Bush had placed on federal funding of […]

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The Times Flunks Ecclesiology 101

The quaint notion that the New York Times is the nation’s paper-of-record took another hit on Feb. 23, when the Grey Lady ran a commentary on Milwaukee archbishop Timothy Dolan’s […]

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The mighty, fallen

At a Tampa press conference on Feb. 17, Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez was asked whether his use of steroids for three seasons constituted “cheating.” “That is not for me […]

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Reconciliation, forgiveness, hope – and Lent

It was Mardi Gras night, 1995, and I found myself sipping bourbon at 40,000 feet over the Atlantic, en route to Rome where I’d been asked to address an international […]

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‘Afflicted’ with fertility?

What’s the biggest threat to the world’s prosperity and stability over the medium haul—say, between 2020 and 2050? The proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction? A […]

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The differences Richard Neuhaus made

We talked about everything for 31 years, Richard John Neuhaus and I did: families, friends, and adversaries; hopes dashed and hopes fulfilled; popes and presidents; religious freedom and the just […]