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A Tale of Two Georges

Click here to view or listen to George Weigel’s appearance on the Patrick Coffin Show discussing the “show trial” of Cardinal George Pell. When a pope is elected, the cardinals

The Holy See and Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell’s December 2018 conviction on charges of “historic sexual abuse” was a travesty of justice, thanks in part to a public atmosphere of hysterical anti-Catholicism—a fetid climate that

Our Dreyfus Case

In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army was convicted of treason on the grounds that he had given military secrets to France’s mortal enemy, Germany. The charge

The Pell Affair: Australia Is Now on Trial

Has it occurred to anyone else debating the perverse verdict rendered against Cardinal George Pell, which convicted him of “historic sexual abuse,” that the cardinal did not have to return

The Courageous Honesty of Peter Steinfels

Peter Steinfels’s long career in journalism included years of service as editor of Commonweal (from which perch he took me to the woodshed more than once), followed by a decade as senior

Stephen Hawking’s Surprise

The curmudgeonly H. L. Mencken, who ridiculed Christian foibles throughout his journalistic career, nevertheless loved Bach’s Mass in B Minor and insisted that he was not an atheist. Agnosticism seemed

Remembering a Christian Gentleman

There have been only 14 Librarians of Congress since the position was created by law in 1802 — and then immediately filled by President Thomas Jefferson with his former campaign

John Paul II, Youth Minister

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyła had a well developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the

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