Francis X. Maier

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Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Maier’s work focuses on the intersection of Christian faith, culture, and public life, with special attention to lay formation and action.

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Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Maier’s work focuses on the intersection of Christian faith, culture, and public life, with special attention to lay formation and action.

Mr. Maier served as senior adviser and special assistant to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., for 23 years in Denver and Philadelphia. He previously served as editor in chief of the National Catholic Register, and as a story analyst and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University’s School of the Arts, he is a former fellow of the American Film Institute’s Conservatory for Advanced Film Studies. He is a cofounding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and a board member of the Napa Institute.

His bylined work has appeared in First ThingsNational ReviewThe American SpectatorCrisisThis WorldAmericaCommonweal, the New York Times Sunday magazine, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and foreign outlets.

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Living Between the Poles: How to Be Faithful in a Time of Conflict

Francis X. Maier

Real people, both within and outside the Church, are messy creatures. We all have divided hearts. As a result, the real world is filled with conflict. Here’s what we can do.

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The Catholic World Report / November 21, 2021

A Candle for Roger

Francis X. Maier

Roger Scruton died in January 2020.  But he remains our era’s leading philosopher of common sense and the wisdom of lived experience.

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The Catholic Thing / November 11, 2021

Praying for the Pope

Francis X. Maier

Every pontificate gets mixed reviews.  So, too, the current one.

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The Catholic Thing / October 26, 2021

Two Cheers for Pessimism

Francis X. Maier

The Word of God is water in a desert. And a lot of thirsty hearts are out there. So this isn’t a bad time to be a Christian. It’s exactly the opposite. It’s the best time, because what we do now matters.

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The Catholic Thing / October 14, 2021

Voodoo and Its Enchantments

Francis X. Maier

When preached by today’s apostles of urgent change, and then chanted endlessly in everything from fashion blogs to mainstream news reporting to athletic shoe commercials, magic words like “equity” and “inclusion” infect our language with a kind of hypnotic voodoo.

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The Catholic Thing / September 30, 2021

All You Need To Know About Sex

Francis X. Maier

Today’s sharp decline in sexual activity among the young has everything to do with the isolating cocoon of pornography and the collapse of any higher meaning in sexual relationships. Sex without love—real love, the kind that comes with obligations and unexpected burdens, but also unexpected joys—kills the taste for both.

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First Things / September 27, 2021

Something To Look Forward To

Francis X. Maier

One of the disagreeable facts about members of every elite modern leadership class—take the Boston to Washington corridor, for example—is that they tend to nibble, metaphorically, on the people they lead.

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Public Discourse / September 23, 2021

Make America Great Again, Again, 2024

Francis X. Maier

In the past, our private and public lives played out within the framework of a broad, biblically inspired set of beliefs and moral behaviors. Politics is now, in effect, our religion—but without the irritating, aerodynamic drag of a “God” to act as a brake on our hatreds.

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First Things / August 31, 2021

Women of Character, Then and Now

Francis X. Maier

An unpleasant fact of book publishing today is that Big Authors can suck the oxygen out of a market. Two smaller but important books by equally gifted but lesser-known names deserve generous praise and a wide popular audience.

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The Catholic Thing / August 25, 2021

A Work of Intricate Threads

Francis X. Maier

Andrée Emery was a woman of extraordinary intellect and zeal, who quietly counted some of the Catholic greats of the last century as friends, and spent a lifetime mending, connecting, and stitching together hearts searching for God.

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First Things / August 24, 2021

Looking Back to Think Forward

Francis X. Maier

In every age, it’s the converted mind and heart that God uses to make all things new, whatever the obstacles.

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First Things / August 4, 2021

A New Reformation

Francis X. Maier

We need to remember — and remembering is a sacred task — that there will be no real novus ordo seclorum, no genuinely “new order of the ages,” without the kingship of Jesus Christ.

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The Catholic World Report / July 24, 2021