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Fly-Casting Before D-Day

With a gracious assist from former Kansas governor Sam Brownback, I had the privilege of a personal tour of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene this past March.

The Cardinal and Jimmy

Tertullian, the first major Christian theologian to write in Latin, is thought to have coined the maxim Semen est sanguis Christianorum, typically (and rather freely) translated as “the blood of martyrs

Two Families and the Communion of Saints

Despite being immersed for over thirty years in the study of modern Polish history, I must confess that I’d never heard of the heroic Ulma family until recently. I’ll get

Women of Valor and the Pro-Life Cause

I first met Erika Bachiochi—then Erika Schubert—in July 1998, when she was my student in the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Cracow. She had graduated from Middlebury

Primate of the Millennium

Pope Pius XII took one of his boldest decisions when, on Nov. 12, 1948, he named the 47-year-old Stefan Wyszynski (a bishop for only two years) as archbishop of Gniezno

The Mighty Pen of Father Paul Mankowski, S.J.

In the summer before the Second Vatican Council opened, Pope John XXIII met with Cardinal Léon-Joseph Suenens in the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. “I know what my part in

Wanted: A Catholic Chaim Potok

In the three decades since the Revolution of 1989, Poland’s many cultural achievements include mastering the craft of creating the 21st-century historical museum.  Examples include the Warsaw Uprising Museum in the national

Cardinal Pell at Eighty

Fifteen months ago, it looked as if Cardinal George Pell might spend his eightieth birthday in prison. A malicious trolling expedition by the police department of the State of Victoria

The Healer: Paul McHugh at 90

One of the adornments of American Catholicism turned 90 on May 21: Dr. Paul R. McHugh, longtime head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and a healer after the heart of

What Would Cardinal Meyer Say?

Unfortunately forgotten in most U.S. Catholic circles today, Cardinal Albert Gregory Meyer, archbishop of Milwaukee from 1953 to 1958 and archbishop of Chicago from 1958 to 1965, was one of

Hans Küng and the Perils of Fame

During his 1977 rookie year with the Baltimore Orioles, future Hall of Famer Eddie Murray got a piece of advice from veteran Lee May: If you’ve got talent, May told

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