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Restoring, and strengthening, episcopal credibility

Pope Francis’s recent motu proprio on sexual abuse, Vos estis lux mundi [You Are the Light of the World], was a welcome addition to Church law, as world Catholicism seeks […]

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Biden, Bernardin, and today

Given the seriousness with which the post-Watergate Washington Post takes itself, it seems unlikely that its editors strive for hilarity in devising headlines. Whatever their intention, though, they managed the […]

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Curtail our culture of violence by addressing abortion

Many people are worried about the increasing levels of violence in our country, and over the past week, three states passed laws that address a key contributor to our culture […]

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The Pell case: Developments down under

In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted […]

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Art: A needed sacrament of faith

A sacrament is an outward, material sign of an inward, spiritual reality. The seven sacraments are signs instituted by Jesus to communicate his grace to us. In addition, we have […]

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Vocations are given, not manufactured

There are many uncertainties in life, but as the Church observed World Vocation Day on May 12, I want to remind everyone — especially young people — that you can […]

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A Christian gentleman in the nation’s capital

[On May 8, the Library of Congress and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted a tribute to Dr. James H. Billington, who died last November 20. Billington was […]

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On the composting of thee and me

In Herman Wouk’s novel, War and Remembrance, Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel’s hero, by claiming that human beings are “microbes on a grain of dust…and when it’s […]

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Fulfillment: Way better than mere happiness

Lately I’m seeing lots of studies — or, more accurately, articles about studies — claiming that non-parents are happier than parents. The accompanying commentary essentially concludes that everybody since the […]

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Truth-telling and Big Abortion  

For over a half-century, what styles itself the “pro-choice” movement has thrived because of its extraordinary ability to mask what it’s really about — the willful taking of innocent human […]

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Fighting the darkness: Notre Dame and acts of faith

When the famous cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris went up in flames April 15, you could see and hear the pain in the faces and voices of the onlookers. […]

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The Ratzinger Diagnosis

Published a week short of his 92nd birthday, Joseph Ratzinger’s essay on the epidemiology of the clergy sex-abuse crisis vividly illustrated his still-unparalleled capacity to incinerate the brain-circuits of various […]