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“America First”?

June 22, 2017 Russell Shaw 9

Along with the customary cluster of cookouts, parades, and fireworks, the 4th of July this year brings something different to the observance of our great national festival. “America First” is President Trump’s not-so-new rhetorical contribution […]

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It’s Howdy Doody Time!

June 21, 2017 George Weigel 12

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent […]

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A pope at the trade show

June 20, 2017 Michael J. Nader 1

In 1954, Pope Pius XII delivered an address to conventioneers of the Hemp and Linen Confederation in Rome. Why was the Pope speaking at a trade show? He certainly had no need to network or […]

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Let’s not make a deal…at least this deal

April 26, 2017 George Weigel 2

Helping those who have broken away from the Catholic Church come back into full communion is a noble endeavor. But such reconciliations cannot be conducted as if they were the ecclesiastical equivalent of labor negotiations: you give […]


The end of the Catholic state?

February 20, 2017 Joseph G. Trabbic 2

Perhaps Benedict XVI’s greatest gift to the Church was his emphasis on what has come to be called the “hermeneutic of continuity.” This concept emerged in his Christmas 2005 address on Vatican II to the […]