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The Catholic Difference is a weekly column syndicated by the Archdiocese of Denver.

“Gendered” Nonsense is Dangerous Nonsense

Dean Acheson, U.S. secretary of state from 1949 until 1953, is buried in Washington’s Oak Hill Cemetery. When I read recently that Acheson’s twentieth successor, Antony Blinken, had sent a

Two Years On, Still Unbroken

Two years ago, Russian forces attempted a Hitlerian blitzkrieg in Ukraine. According to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, its goal was to eradicate Ukraine: both the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian

Lenten Literary Companions

The traditional Lenten practices of intensified prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are spiritual disciplines to be followed along the six-week pilgrimage from Ash Wednesday to the Easter Triduum. As I suggested

Tohu Wa-bohu on the Tiber

Within twenty-four hours last month, three mainstream Catholic websites ran stories describing Pope Francis’s meeting with the members and consultors of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, with

Secularist Blinders and the Middle East

When I first met Yigal Carmon in November 1988, he was counter-terrorism adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, a position he held under Shamir’s successor, Yitzhak Rabin, until 1993.

Standing with Ukraine

My friend and colleague Carl Trueman recently observed that “the West is no longer a consortium of serious cultures.” To which I am sorely tempted to add, “or serious polities.”

Claudine Gay, Jimmy Lai, and the Truth of Things

To my mind, the most cringe-inducing moment in the drama of Claudine Gay and her resignation as president of Harvard University was not when she whiffed at unambiguously condemning genocidal

“Contextual” Theology and Fiducia Supplicans

In the apostolic letter Ad Theologiam Promovendam (To Promote Theology), issued by Pope Francis on November 1, 2023, the Church was urged to do theology contextually: As the motu proprio put it, theology must

Praying for Our Country with John Carroll

John Carroll (1735–1815) was the first Catholic bishop, not just in, but of the United States, for during the first eighteen years of his episcopate, his Diocese of Baltimore encompassed the entire country.

Christmas in a Time of War

Composed in the wake of 9/11, “The Dream Isaiah Saw” quickly became a contemporary Christmas classic. The hymn’s powerful evocation of the peaceable kingdom on God’s holy mountain, described by the greatest

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