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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The “National Synthesis” on the Synod

Francis X. Maier

The report leaves the reader with the uneasy feeling that it tells the Vatican’s 2023 synod organizers what they already think and want to hear.

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The Catholic Thing / September 21, 2022

The Fine Art of Name-Calling

Francis X. Maier

Too often, the Christian left tends to serve as a kind of religious “Me Too” movement within the larger stream of progressive activism.

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The Catholic Thing / September 12, 2022

Synodality and Its Issues

Francis X. Maier

For the sake of the Church, cheerleaders for synodality might profitably read two documents from the International Theological Commission, on the true nature of synodality and sensus fidei in the life of the Church, respectively.

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Catholic World Report / September 12, 2022

Mother and Teacher

Francis X. Maier

The Church is mater et magistra. She is the teacher, not the pupil.

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First Things / August 30, 2022

Our Parallel Polis

Francis X. Maier

The totalitarian instinct—the appetite for social control—morphs and adapts across cultures and time, exactly like a virus. Democracies are not immune.

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The Catholic Thing / August 29, 2022

The Power of the Powerless

Francis X. Maier

The only “power of the powerless,” lies in refusing to cooperate with lies.

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The Catholic Thing / August 10, 2022

On Synods Then and Now

Francis X. Maier

The synodal process the Church has embarked on—if done well, and honestly, and without the “hermeneutic of rupture” that has dogged Catholic life since Vatican II—can lead to a renewal of Christian faith.

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First Things / August 9, 2022

All Things Made New: Living the Lay Vocation

Francis X. Maier

Whoever we are as laity, our vocation remains the same: using the raw material of our circumstances to give glory to God and to help other people share in his redemption through the witness of our lives.

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Catholic World Report / August 8, 2022

Strange New World: A Guide

Francis X. Maier

No matter how loudly we express the unique and wondrous grandeur of our individuality, it all ends up in ashes or a casket.

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The Catholic Thing / July 27, 2022

Clarifications After Dobbs

Francis X. Maier

The work continues, because it must.

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The Catholic Thing / July 13, 2022

The Scent of a Soul

Francis X. Maier

Church teaching on the dignity of unborn life culls the progressive herd; it separates out those who take the word “Catholic” seriously, motivating some, embarrassing others.

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First Things / July 7, 2022

Homage to a Good Man

Francis X. Maier

Amid all the shouting and political carnage of the day, good still happens.

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The Catholic Thing / June 30, 2022