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, and the inaugural Senior Research Fellow (2020–22) at Notre Dame’s Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government. 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 and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

His bylined work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, First Things, National Review, The American Spectator, The Catholic Thing, Crisis, This World, America, Commonweal, the New York Times Sunday magazine, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and foreign outlets. His book True Confessions: Voices of Faith from a Life in the Church, was released by Ignatius Press in early 2024.

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Take the Red Pill

Francis X. Maier

We can’t be the creatures of dignity God made us to be; we can’t be leaven in the world; we can’t serve Jesus Christ and see clearly what needs to be done in the world, if we’re lumps of its sleeping debris.

The Catholic Thing / September 14, 2023

Leaders, Good and Otherwise

Francis X. Maier

Life in the Church is a long way from life in the military. But the basic principles of leading people translate well.

The Catholic Thing / August 31, 2023

Inside the USCCB: An Interview with Jayd Henricks

Francis X. Maier

Jayd Henricks is President of Catholic Laity and Clergy for Renewal.

What We Need Now / August 22, 2023

Critics, Enemies, and the Difference

Francis X. Maier

The strengths and weaknesses of a pope are magnified a hundredfold by the importance of his ministry and its global, very public stage.

First Things / August 21, 2023

The Revenge of Unintended Consequences

Francis X. Maier

There’s a sort of classical tragedy quality to Francis. His strength is also his weakness.

The Catholic Thing / August 21, 2023

Thoughts on Catholic Higher Education and Culture

Francis X. Maier

Msgr. James Shea is president of the University of Mary and an author of the highly regarded “From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age.” He shares his thoughts on Catholic higher education, today’s culture, and Church renewal in this WWNN interview with Francis X. Maier.

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What We Need Now / July 25, 2023

Everything Solid Melts into Air

Francis X. Maier

Microsoft, Apple, Google, and similar corporations have sparked a culture-wide upheaval resulting in social fragmentation and bitter antagonisms.

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The Catholic Thing / July 20, 2023

Hey, Mr. Spaceman

Francis X. Maier

The best of science fiction is implicitly theological.

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The Catholic Thing / July 6, 2023

Revival in Thought, Word, and Deed

Francis X. Maier

Ideas and scholarship at the end of an age.

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The Devil, You Say

Francis X. Maier

See the film. Preferably in the daylight. Preferably with a friend.

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The Catholic Thing / June 22, 2023

Memory and Identity

Francis X. Maier

Again and again, men have consecrated America’s virtues and best ideals on the battlefield. They’ve done it with their blood.

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The Catholic Thing / June 6, 2023

The Appeal of Regime Change

Francis X. Maier

History never repeats itself. But patterns of human thought and behavior repeat themselves all the time. That’s why the past has so many lessons for the present. One of them is this: Every society has an elite leadership class, no matter how well disguised. That includes democracies. It thus includes our own.

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The Catholic Thing / May 22, 2023