Why Reparations Talk Is Harmful


History is too vast and too complicated to allow for tidy accounting of sins and victimization.

Cokie and Lindy


Remembering Cokie Roberts also offers the opportunity to make a belated tribute to her mother, who also deserves to be celebrated.

Ironies in the Fire


The multiple ironies in the complex relationship between Catholicism and cultural, social, and political modernity over the last 250 years are explored in George Weigel’s new book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform.

Calls for Impeaching Kavanaugh Are Damaging Our Democracy


New calls for the impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh are unjustified and simply one more log on the roaring fire of hyperpartisanship that is destroying American democracy.

The Three Big Winners of the Houston Debate


Thursday’s Democratic debate lacked the sparks and conflicts that characterized the first two outings. It nonetheless produced three clear winners: former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

The Circus in Buffalo


The price the Church pays for trying to save face is, in the end, always greater than the up-front cost of transparency.

Australian Justice in the Dock


Those who cannot bring themselves to say that Cardinal George Pell deserves to be vindicated share in the ignominy that Australian criminal justice has, thus far, brought upon itself. 

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