Publications


Australian Justice in the Dock

Those who cannot bring themselves to say that Cardinal George Pell deserves to be vindicated share in the ignominy that Australian criminal justice has, thus far, brought upon itself. 

Trump Is Not Well

Accepting the reality about the president’s disordered personality is important—even essential.

As “the League” Begins Its Centennial Season

Whatever the record books show, NFL Hall-of-Famer Gino Marchetti was a big man in several ways. 

Washington, D.C.: My Boyhood Olympus

To someone who grew up in the Washington of the 1940s and 50s, the city is unrecognizable one minute, but in the next, it is the same as it always was: corrupt, yet sacred — a rascally and fallible and enchanted place: a city built low to the ground, spacious and full of trees and obscurely haunted.

If You Don’t Find Your Identity in a Family, You’ll Look For It in the Primal Screams of Identity Politics

The ascent of identity politics reveals that people are having an identity crisis, and they are having an identity crisis because the sexual revolution resulted in family—and, by extension, individual—breakdown.

Ruin or Renewal? Thoughts on America’s Third Century

Our political contests are increasingly bitter and render normal political decision making impossible. It is tempting, but wrong, to assume that past will be prologue, that our current divisions are temporary and will fade in short order.

Britain Is on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis

The loss of a Conservative majority in the House of Commons sets up an unpredictable chain of events that could derail British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promised Brexit strategy and throw the nation into a serious constitutional crisis.

Trump’s New Tax Idea Would Devastate Him Politically

A recent tweet from President Trump seems to suggest he is still considering signing an executive order indexing the capital gains tax to inflation. That would be a terrible political move for the already beleaguered president.

Abuse on the Margins

Sexual abuse is a plague no matter where it occurs or to whom. But one of the underexplored facets of the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the United States is the way in which marginalized and minority communities have proven particularly susceptible both to abusers themselves and to the malfeasance of bishops and religious superiors who mishandled reports of abuse.

In Praise of Today’s Seminarians

Is there more to be done, in refining recruitment of students for the priesthood and reforming American seminaries? Undoubtedly. But a great deal has in fact been accomplished in the last 15 years, and it’s important that the people of the Church know it.