Publications


Joe Biden, Pre-Conciliar Catholic?

John F. Kennedy, it is typically said, made Catholics “acceptable” as players at the highest levels of American politics. And, yes, his intelligence, wit, and grace confounded the image of U.S. Catholics as something less than the A-team, socially and culturally. But the price of acceptability was high.

Until We Rest in Him

I’ve been dreading this November for the past year. In half a century of voting, I’ve been worried or frustrated by our public life many times. But 2020 has a unique toxicity, as if the whole nation were heaving, rudderless, on an ocean of poisonous blame.

Another stimulus package is inevitable. Here’s what it should look like.

Talks may produce a relief bill this week with a headline cost in the trillions of dollars. But without a clear sense of the true nature of the crisis, that will just be another finger in the dike temporarily holding back the economic flood that’s still likely to come.

Evangelicals Made a Bad Bargain With Trump

If evangelical supporters of Trump are honest, they should admit—at least to themselves, if not to the rest of the world—that something has gone terribly amiss and that the power they have achieved is coming at the expense of the faith they proclaim.

Amy Coney Barrett said nice things about her kids. Liberals heard racism.

Liberal commentary involved strained interpretations of why Barrett adopted children, and how she speaks of them — implying that she was racist, and perhaps ableist. These comments did not only represent armchair psychoanalysis at its worst; they also showed how easy it is for partisanship to trump basic decency.

Amy Barrett and the Intolerable

The distinctiveness of Barrett’s faith – and the consternation it causes among the champions of certain secular pieties – is refreshing. It also underscores the indistinctiveness of so many Catholics who hold public office.

Interview: How the West Was Lost

EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz joined Richard M. Reinsch II on the Law and Liberty podcast “Law Liberty Talk” to discuss his new book The Lost History of Western Civilization.

Breaking News: Not Everything Is Terrible

For the first time in a long time, the world looks brighter and a little more hopeful than it did seven months ago. As awful as it has been, this disease was not the apocalypse we feared. Many aspects of our society proved more resilient than we expected.

The Hard Road of National Renewal

“Liberty and Justice for All,” a call for national renewal drafted by scholars concerned about the dangerous deterioration of American public life, insists that we must treat each other as mutually responsible individuals, not as embodiments of racial or ideological categories.

There’s No Good Case Against Confirming Amy Coney Barrett

Given the strength of Judge Barrett’s record, perhaps playing to the fears of the American public — who aren’t likely to be reading commentaries on the upcoming Supreme Court term but are voting soon — was the Democrats’ only play.