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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Always the Era of the Saints

Francis X. Maier

Unless we reconfigure our lives to understand and act on it, the “new evangelization” will remain just another pious slogan.

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First Things / March 19, 2020

To Make All Things New

Francis X. Maier

Renewing the soul of a culture (and through it, the political and economic structures it sustains) is the expertise of the Christian Church. And renewing the Church in our age will not primarily be a matter of technical skill or organizational structure or material resources – as important as those things are – but the persuasive power of faithful lay witness.

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The Catholic Thing / March 4, 2020

Thoughts on the Lay Vocation

Francis X. Maier

The chronic, underlying illness of the Church in our country, in our day, isn’t prone to quick fixes, and real lay “power” doesn’t reside in money or professional skill or positions of influence within or over a Church bureaucracy. It proceeds from a personal witness of holiness.

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The Catholic Thing / February 5, 2020

Sex, Celibacy, and the Latest Curiosity From Rome

Francis X. Maier

Matters sacramental and supernatural cannot be reduced to the pragmatic, the functional, and the utility-driven. But critics of priestly celibacy—however good their intentions—inevitably do exactly that, to the detriment of the believing community they seek to serve.

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First Things / January 15, 2020

Salvation Is From the Jews

Francis X. Maier

The Holocaust is the single greatest moral catastrophe of the modern West.  But its lessons seem too easily forgotten.

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The Catholic Thing / January 8, 2020

Crisis, Church Reform, and the Lay Vocation

Francis X. Maier

Peace, purity, and unity for the Church are aberrations in her temporal life, not the standard. And the reason for that is brutally simple: she’s inhabited and led by sinners.

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Crisis Magazine / October 1, 2019

Prosperity Breeds Idiots

Francis X. Maier

As a gulag survivor, Alexander Solzhenitsyn had a barely disguised disgust for Western elites with little experience of political murder and repression. Nor could he abide the legion of fools who seemed fascinated, from a secure and prosperous distance, with socialist thought.

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First Things / September 3, 2019

Forgiveness: A Lesson in Three Parts

Francis X. Maier

We are a tangle of hurts and longings that only makes sense, and can only be unraveled, through the discipline of mercy.

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