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'Sectarian' issues? Not quite. - George Weigel

In the hope of answering the questions and clarifying the confusions, I offer the following "small catechism" on the responsibilities of the Catholic politician.   Read more...

House of Cards on an Ash Wednesday - Br. Henry Stephan, O.P.

Can there be any redemption in the dark Netflix political thriller House of Cards?   Read more...

A Better Concept of Freedom - George Weigel

On October 31, 1958, Isaiah Berlin gave his inaugural lecture as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford. Entitled 'Two Concepts of Liberty," it was, according to Michael Ignatieff, Berlin's authorized biographer, "the most influential lecture he ever delivered."  Read more...

A Bill That Will Profoundly Divide Canada - Cardinal Marc Ouellet

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec, presented the following brief on behalf of the Canadian bishops’ conference, on Bill C-38, the bill redefining marriage, to the members of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.  Read more...

A crucial link between Church and State - Fr. Raymond de Souza

On occasions a genuine superstar is appointed as ambassador, one who lends lustre to the profession of diplomacy.  Read more...

A Man for all Seasons: an Historian's Demur - Marvin O'Connell

Conscience for St. Thomas More was the right to be right, not the right to be wrong.  Read more...

A Man for This Season, and All Seasons - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Why does Thomas More still matter? Why does he matter right now?   Read more...

A New Order of Religious Freedom - Father Richard John Neuhaus

The great problem today is not the threat that religion poses to public life, but the threat that the state, presuming to embody public life, poses to religion.  Read more...

A Philosophical and Historical Analysis of Modern Democracy,on the American - Rev. Joseph M. de Torre

The concept of democracy was born in Greece, but did not come to maturity in that culture, mainly because of their poor concept of equality. The impact of Christianity was necessary in order to achieve a full awareness of the fundamental equality of all men, which was generally absent outside the Biblical tradition.   Read more...

A President's speech, almost biblical in scope and power - Father Raymond J. de Souza

At Gettysburg, 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln rewrote the very idea of America. And he did it in a mere 278 words.  Read more...

A Year of Living Dangerously - Francis Fukuyama

There is good reason for thinking that a critical source of contemporary radical Islamism lies not in the Middle East, but in Western Europe.  Read more...

Agreeing with Pope Francis - Michael Novak

The exhortation looks very different read through the lens of Argentine experience.  Read more...

American Patriotism: A View from Abroad - Donald DeMarco

Growing up in Massachusetts, I naturally imbibed a patriotic atmosphere. In the movies I was treated to the foot-tapping music of George M. Cohan performed with patriotic gusto by the inimitable Jimmy Cagney. In school, we were obliged to memorize Sit Walter Scott's "The Lay of the Last Minstrel". The intimidating power of the opening lines has never left me.  Read more...

America’s Ten Commandments - Michael Novak

All over the country, the ACLU has been filing suits to remove the Ten Commandments from public buildings, winning some, losing some. The oddest thing is, if the ACLU project of removing God from public testimony should win, their victory would hurt the ACLU most of all.   Read more...

Benedict XVI and the Irrelevance of 'Relevance' - Samuel Gregg

Over the seven years of Benedict XVI's papacy, it's been instructive to watch the shifting critiques of this pontificate.  Read more...

Better Citizens, More Faithful Catholics - Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. CAP

Here are ten simple points to remember as we move toward November.  Read more...

Beyond the Papal States - George Weigel

When the Holy See signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, a friend knowledgeable in legal matters said, with considerable vehemence, that the Convention was a snare and a delusion that would eventually come back to bite the Vatican.  Read more...

Can Democracy Survive Without Virtue? - Donald DeMarco

If America is losing her affection for virtue -- particularly the subtle virtues needed for democracy such as selflessness, a desire for truth, a willingness to work, a keen sense of justice and fair play, respect for marriage and the family, and reverence for God -- she is losing hold of her own democratic ideal.  Read more...

Catholic Sources and the Declaration of Independence - REV. JOHN C. RAGER, S.T.D.

The American Declaration of Independence, which is so admirable and dignified an expression of the American mind, is at the same time an accurate expression of the Catholic mind, medieval and modern.  Read more...

Catholics and Freedom - George Weigel

The Catholic bishops in America are raising issues of first principles – precisely the kind of issues that Father John Courtney Murray hoped the Catholic Church would help keep alive in American democracy.   Read more...

Change we can believe in - Father George W. Rutler

Time and things in time change.  Read more...

Character still counts - Colleen Carroll Campbell

He was known in his native country as "the Great Seducer," a presidential frontrunner whose sexual peccadilloes routinely were winked at by the French press.  Read more...

China's Catholic Moment - Francesco Sisci

It is not an exaggeration to say we are near a Constantinian moment for the Chinese Empire, as the government looks to Christianity -- particularly Catholicism -- for an instrument of social cohesion.  Read more...

Christianity Reflected In Two Historic Writings From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Eric Buehrer

February is Black History Month. Many schools will highlight the contributions and accomplishments of various African-Americans in history. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to also learn about the influence of Christianity on the Civil Rights Movement. For example, if students are to truly understand Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s activities for Civil Rights, they need to understand how Christianity influenced his thinking.  Read more...

Christianity's Transforming Spirit - Kim Paffenroth

For democracy and freedom to endure there must be some order and necessity, to use Plato's terms, in the citizens' lives. But such order and necessity are not intrinsic to democracy. As shown by the work of the Founders and Tocqueville, religion can fill this void in a democracy, guaranteeing freedom by forming and guiding it.   Read more...


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