• On same-sex marriage, Catholics are leading the way

    • May 27, 2015

    Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg, and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common. They don’t share a continent, obviously. Or a language. But in all of them, the Roman Catholic Church has more adherents, at least

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  • Do churches fail the poor?

    • May 18, 2015

    Last week two prominent Americans — an eminent social scientist and the president of the United States — decided to answer the question: How have America’s churches failed the poor? Their answer was one deeply congenial to the progressive mind: They’ve been too obsessed with the culture war. “Over the

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  • Absolute heroes and absolute villains: Why Deflategate matters

    • May 8, 2015

    Until very recently, an allegation of letting a little air out of a championship game football would have been viewed by most as competitive wink behind the back, like overheating the opponent’s locker room, having a little Vaseline behind the ear, or allowing loose boards on the court, which our

  • Is ecumenism between Catholics and Anglicans over?

    • May 5, 2015

    Last week, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) gathered in Rome for a further round of ecumenical discussion. Now that the Anglicans have female bishops, gay bishops, and are well along the path toward same-sex marriage, is there any point? Cynics would argue that the ecumenical blabfest is mere window

  • Help persecuted Christians — and support traditional families

    • Apr 30, 2015

    It probably hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that the Catholic Church, and others seriously proposing the irreplaceable good of preserving the natural links among sex, children, and marriage, are increasingly assigned a place with bigots and evildoers. It was fairly discouraging, therefore, to read the implication in John Allen’s recent column

  • Freedom misunderstood: Catholic Democrats and abortion

    • Feb 10, 2015

    As the 2016 US presidential campaign gears up, certain Catholic Democrats are emerging as potential candidates, including Vice President Joe Biden, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And with those election-season rumblings comes increased scrutiny to where they stand on the issue of abortion. The