The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism

Both in America and in Israel, the liberal faith of too many Jews has imperiled the Jewish future. Needed is a serious, thoughtful, and authentically Jewish alternative.

The Scandal-Prone Secret Service Is a Dangerous Embarrassment

The continuing failures of the Secret Service would be a serious worry under any administration, but they are particularly dangerous under this one.

“Wolf Hall” and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

Wolf Hall – the wildly successful novel now adapted for television – proves, yet again, that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable bigotry in elite circles in the Anglosphere.

What Jews and Christians Can Do Together

John Paul II’s approach to Jews and Judaism was shaped by a distinctive conviction that he shared with Elio Toaff — a conviction that was the basis of their friendship, and of their work together: that the biblical story is the world’s story read in its deepest dimension and against its most ample horizon.

The Roots of a Reforming Conservatism

A key task of conservative reformers today is to recover the more humble idea of American government at the core of our system.

Cardinal Francis George, R.I.P.

When it comes time to write his story in full, he will be remembered as the most consequential archbishop of Chicago in the modern history of the Church — and a leader in American Catholicism whose intellectual and physical courage was instrumental in making the Church in the United States, for all its challenges and problems, the most vital in the developed world.

Why Is Obama Parroting Castro Talking Points?

Had President Obama been interested in reforming the Cuban regime, he could have asked for it; instead, he asked for and received nothing in exchange for everything the Castros wanted.


The Good of Corporations

The issue of whether the rights and duties of the corporation are in any way comparable to those of the individual citizen connects with deep moral issues concerning the place of free association and the experience of membership in the life of the individual.

Newman and Vatican II

Vatican II vindicated John Henry Newman’s great work on the development of doctrine, which grew from a theological method that brought history, and indeed life itself, back into play as sources of reflection and growth in our understanding of God’s revelation.


Hillary Clinton’s Common Core Problem

The candidate whose support for Common Core could be most personally perilous—and most consequential for the larger 2016 race—is Hillary Clinton.