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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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

Vatican II’s Long Wake

Francis X. Maier

We live in a time of celebrated worldliness and belligerent mediocrity, both in our public square and in our religious leadership. But there are islands of light — testimonies that remind us of who we really are.

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National Review / October 13, 2022

Understanding the New Abnormal

Francis X. Maier

The New Abnormal is a forthcoming book about the tech-driven “surveillance and control” state written by Aaron Kheriaty, a doctor and scholar who has experienced first-hand the dangers of medical technocracy.

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First Things / October 4, 2022

Thoughts on a Healthy Garden

Francis X. Maier

Fidelity to the Holy Father is a Catholic obligation, but it does not involve turning off one’s eyes and brain.

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The Catholic Thing / October 4, 2022

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