Where the 20th Century Happened

This past August, while contemplating the beauties of the Ottawa River from the deck of my family’s cottage on Allumette Island, Fr. Raymond de Souza, the Canadian commentator and a

A Chapel of Consequence

CRACOW—The chapel in the archbishop’s residence in Cracow—which everyone calls by its street name, “Franciszkanska 3”—has witnessed a lot of modern Church history. Here, clandestine seminarians watched the city’s heroic

Living inside the Bible

CRACOW. The village of Pasierbiec is in the south of Poland, about thirty miles from the old royal capital of Cracow. Its church, the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation,

The Civil War Sesquicentennial: Summer Reading

As I remember it, the Civil War centenary, which coincided with my middle school years, got far more public attention than the war’s sesquicentennial has received. There were a flurry

On Really Not Getting It

In the wake of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s homicide convictions this past May, several state legislatures began crafting laws that would protect unborn life at earlier stages of gestation while

Zingers, Previously Unused

When I began columnizing, in the Paleolithic Period when a correcting IBM Selectric II typewriter seemed the ne plus ultra of technology-for-scribes, I collected quotable quotes in a plastic box, for possible

Cross-Centered Catholic Renewal

In a Sistine Chapel homily, given to the cardinals who had elected him pope the evening before, the new bishop of Rome, reflecting on the dialogue between Jesus and Peter

Embracing Our Roles

Editor’s Note: NRO contributor George Weigel delivered the following commencement address at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., on May 4, 2013.

Reality and Public Policy

This essay is adapted from the 12th William E. Simon Lecture, delivered in Washington D.C. on February 5, 2013. The glossary of inadmissible words in 21st-century American society has shrunk

Dear Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame communications and public-information officials have let both National Review and my office know that they are unhappy with my January 3 NRO article, “Notre Dame Punts,”

Christmas: Cure for Cynicism and Irony

In a sermon broadcast on the BBC on Dec. 25, 1950, Msgr. Ronald Knox observed that “we make a holiday of Christmas only if we have the strength of mind

The Tiffany Legacy

The name “Tiffany” suggests conspicuous consumption: high-end jewelry; the diamonds that Marilyn Monroe claimed were a girl’s best friend (in a more innocent age, before Sandra Fluke and the HHS

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