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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Remembering an Exceptional Man: Cardinal Francis George

Francis X. Maier

We live at a moment when we urgently need the witness of good Christian men and women. In the life of the Church, we need leaders of courage and Catholic fidelity; men who will accompany the poor and the broken.

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The Catholic Thing / February 6, 2023

My Kind of Antichrist

Francis X. Maier

It turns out that “antichrist” comes in all shapes and sizes.

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The Catholic Thing / January 19, 2023

The Quiet Genius of Pope Benedict XVI

Francis X. Maier

The ‘pope between the times’ had an unshakable faith that complemented his luminescent intellect.

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The Wall Street Journal / December 31, 2022

December Thoughts, Then and Now

Francis X. Maier

The last days of December are always a time for reflection; an opportunity to make sense of the past, take stock of the present, and set a course for the future.

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The Catholic Thing / December 29, 2022

Archbishop Paglia: Financial Reform?

Francis X. Maier

Given the gaffes, problems, and lapses in judgment that seem to trail Archbishop Paglia like an unpleasant perfume, the correct thing to do would be to resign his positions.

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The Catholic Thing / December 16, 2022

Everything is (not) Broken

Francis X. Maier

Every so often an article appears that demands to be shared. So I’m doing that here.

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The Catholic Thing / November 30, 2022

How to Resist the New Totalitarianism

Francis X. Maier

Helen Alvaré’s new book is an extremely helpful aid in understanding the root of today’s legal battles over the nature and limits of religious freedom.

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First Things / November 28, 2022

Confusion and Its Cost

Francis X. Maier

One of the lessons taught by the past is that conflict in matters of faith, at both the personal and cultural levels, can have the effect of a wrecking ball.

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First Things / November 16, 2022

The Jesuits: What Went Wrong

Francis X. Maier

My unease with the Jesuits began right alongside my respect.

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The Catholic Thing / November 10, 2022

‘Tis the Season

Francis X. Maier

We need to be wary about appeals to the “complexity” of issues like abortion because they so often amount to alibis and evasions.

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The Catholic Thing / November 2, 2022

The Substance of a Choice

Francis X. Maier

What kind of people do we really want to be? What kind of world do we choose to create?

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First Things / November 1, 2022

The Vatican Extends Xi’s Pontificate

Francis X. Maier

Chinese Catholics might reasonably feel betrayed and abandoned, or worse.

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Wall Street Journal / October 25, 2022