Francis X. Maier

Senior Fellow

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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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

Eat the Disabled? Follow the Science

Francis X. Maier

History, and science fiction, show how attempts to “follow the science” often lead to dark and cruel places.

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The Catholic Thing / July 24, 2021

What Happens in Germany, Revisited

Francis X. Maier

To what degree have the current Holy Father’s good intentions, and the ambiguity embedded in his meaning of “synodality,” fed the turmoil his papacy now faces in Germany?

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First Things / May 26, 2021

A Memory of Locustland

Francis X. Maier

EPPC Senior Fellow Francis X. Maier reflects on Nathaniel West, the mercy of God, and the writing of “one of the most idiotic and embarrassing movies ever made.”

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First Things / May 10, 2021

Our Real Pandemic

Francis X. Maier

Recovering a humility about our own silent apostasies, the need for our own deeper conversion, and clarity about the challenges for Catholic life in our country that lie ahead – these things begin the renewal of our Church and our nation.

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The Catholic Thing / May 5, 2021

The One Necessary Thing

Francis X. Maier

The vocation of Catholics, here in the real world, is always the same: Make disciples of all nations, including our own; and be leaven in society, especially our own. If we pursue that with all our hearts, we do the one necessary thing.

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The Catholic Thing / April 16, 2021

True Economic Headway Ennobles the Human Spirit

Francis X. Maier

Innovation is part of the special American genius. But real progress is never merely material; unless it also ennobles the human spirit, it isn’t “progress” at all.

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Legatus / April 1, 2021