A Thanksgiving Meditation on Freedom and Its Enemies
Freedom must be earned in every generation. Absent a commitment to living freedom nobly and thus earning it, freedom decomposes into license at home (and becomes its own undoing), or freedom is conquered from outside by enslaving enemies, or both.
The Grittiness of Christian Faith
In Jerusalem, as in no other place, the believer, the skeptic, and the “searcher” are confronted with a fact: Christianity began, not with a pious story or “narrative,” but with the reality of transformed lives.
John Paul II’s “Beloved Krakow”
To traverse their city with John Paul II and the many other saints of Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity.
The Speaker and the Social Doctrine
Now one of the key figures on the national stage, Paul Ryan brings to the Speaker’s rostrum a statesman’s commitment to the principles of Catholic social doctrine and a keen sense of the politically possible.
The Saints and All of Us
The lives of the holy spouses of Lisieux are a great witness to the incredible capacity of the Catholic Church for self-renewal.
A Blessed Loss
The life and work of Pope Pius VII and his secretary of state Ercole Consalvi were admirable, but the preservation and defense of the Papal States impeded essentially spiritual character and work of the papacy.
Pius XII, Co-Conspirator in Tyrannicide
The new book Church of Spies does not, and cannot, settle the question of whether Pope Pius XII should have spoken out plainly and unmistakably in condemnation of the Holocaust, but the book ought to end the “Hitler’s Pope” nonsense.
Issues Beneath Issues at Synod 2015
Beneath the visible questions regarding marriage and the family lie more basic questions of the Church’s self-understanding.
Synod 2015 Hopes
One key hope for Synod 2015: that it challenges the world (and the people of the Church) to rediscover the truth that there are truths built into human beings and into their relationships.
Pope Francis and Those Radical, Permanent Things
Although the messages delivered by Pope Francis on his U.S. visit will inevitably be cherry-picked to advance particular causes, they simply doesn’t fit the conventional Left/Right categories of our politics (including our ecclesiastical politics).