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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How Marxism ‘Won’ the War of Ideas

Francis X. Maier

The late Italian writer Augusto Del Noce saw its ironic triumph coming in the West.

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Wall Street Journal / January 7, 2022

2022: There’s Good News and Bad News

Francis X. Maier

As 2022 begins, it’s worthwhile looking at the particular challenges to all of us these days.

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The Catholic Thing / January 1, 2022

The Music of the Season

Francis X. Maier

Once upon a time, in a saner, more humane age, the faraway Age of Faith, the joy and beauty of the season didn’t need to be manufactured, or hawked, or bought, or turned into kitsch.

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First Things / December 14, 2021

The Promise and Peril of Synods

Francis X. Maier

The Petrine ministry carries with it a duty to foster unity and clarity of belief.  Pope Francis surely understands this.  Whether the theme and architecture of the 2023 synod serve that ministry is still to be seen.

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The Catholic Thing / December 9, 2021

Augusto Del Noce and The Problem of Atheism

Francis X. Maier

Augusto Del Noce is the most important thinker we don’t know. Del Noce viewed The Problem of Atheism, his essay collection that will be made available in English early next year, as the cornerstone of his scholarship.

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Public Discourse / December 5, 2021

Gratitude, Expectation, and Advent

Francis X. Maier

The Advent writings of the German martyr Alfred Delp can help us enter into the real heart of Christmas.

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The Catholic Thing / November 26, 2021

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