A Wilderness of Mirrors

Surely it cannot be quite coincidental that the two Republican presidents most disliked by the media on their election day have also been the two most (to use the media cliché) “scandal-plagued” presidents of all time.

Thoughts on the Western Wall, Fifty Years Later

A religiously-informed public philosophy for shaping the typically raucous Israeli debate over the country’s present and future is beginning to emerge.

The Remarkable Life of Lubomyr Husar . . .

. . . from displaced person to Ukrainian national patriarch.

When Universities Go Out of Control

What’s at work in the campus eruptions is not virtue or social justice; it has nothing whatever to do with learning or knowledge or the life of the mind. It’s the other way around. These performances — a travesty of education — do not expand the mind, they devour it.

The Case for Nations

The ‘we’ of the nation-state binds people together, builds an important legacy of social trust and blunts the sharp edges of globalization.

The Congressional Budget Office Needs to Be Reformed

Its scoring of recent health-care bills points to flaws baked into the modern budget process.

The Kids Are Not All Right

Something is robbing young people of happiness and well-being. Figuring out what it is requires a certain modesty.

Stop Freaking Out about the Paris Agreement

Beyond allowing people an opportunity to do some serious virtue signaling, the Paris Agreement actually doesn’t do much of anything.

A Brief Demographic Tour of the World

The good news is that the rate of legal abortion has fallen by nearly half from its peak; the bad news is that this still makes the difference between a declining and growing population, both for the United States and for the whole world.

Interreligious Dialogue with Edge and Purpose

A conversation exploring how Catholicism’s wrestling with political modernity may or may not be applicable to Islam should focus the Catholic-Islamic interreligious dialogue for the foreseeable future.