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Flannery O’Connor’s Wingless Chickens

About two-thirds of the way through Brad Gooch’s highly acclaimed new book, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, I got the gnawing feeling that something was missing — even as

In Memory of Ernest W. Lefever

***A memorial service for Dr. Lefever will take place on Saturday, August 22, at 3 p.m., at St. Columba Church, 4201 Albemarle Street N.W., Washington, D.C. *** Ernest Warren Lefever was a man

Leszek Kolakowski, 1927–2009

Cracow, Poland — Leszek Kolakowski, who died at 82 on July 17, will be remembered by the world of letters as one of the leading philosophers of the late 20th

President Reagan and John Paul II

They were two of the giant figures of the last half of the twentieth century — Ronald Reagan and John Paul II — and they had many things in common.

June 1979 – The Nine Days of John Paul II

Thirty years ago this week, the Bishop of Rome returned to Poland for the first time since his recent election to the papacy. America’s premier Cold War historian, John Lewis

That All-Too-Fallible Vatican Newspaper

William George Ward was a mid-19th century English Catholic convert from Anglicanism and a controversialist of the take-no-prisoners variety. Having been intellectually convinced of the truth-claims of the Catholic Church,

Mr. Blair’s Cafeteria

This past Lent, in the course of an interview with Attitude, a gay magazine, Tony Blair said that Pope Benedict XVI’s “entrenched attitude” toward homosexual behavior was less tolerant than

Freed to Be Images of God

Four distinguished American theologians have died since the beginning of Advent: Avery Cardinal Dulles, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Msgr. William B. Smith and Jesuit Father Francis Canavan. Each of these

Food, Sex and Us

George F. Will calls Mary Eberstadt “intimidatingly intelligent.” George must be easily intimidated these days, because Mary is one of the nicest (and funniest) people I know. She’s also our

The Differences Richard Neuhaus Made

We talked about everything for 31 years, Richard John Neuhaus and I did: families, friends and adversaries; hopes dashed and hopes fulfilled; popes and presidents; religious freedom and the just

Remembering Avery Dulles, SJ

It was my privilege to count the late Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ, as a friend, and to do so for almost a quarter of a century. Truth to tell, though,

In Praise of George W. Bush

The following is best appreciated if read aloud in the best Irish accent you can manage: Paddy, the local scoundrel, was dead. The entire population of the village where he

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