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Genocide in Ukraine?

How does the Russian war in Ukraine exemplify Professor Snyder’s “markers” of genocidal intention and action?

A World Without Rules

Someone must organize the posse when the lawless ones threaten the tacit rules that underwrite the minimum of order necessary to prevent the world from becoming a circular firing squad.

Why Vatican II Was Necessary

Writing my new book, To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II (Basic Books), afforded me the welcome opportunity to dig into the Council’s sixteen texts and the many fine

An Open Letter to the Synod General Secretary

His Eminence, Mario Cardinal GrechGeneral SecretarySynod of Bishops00120 Vatican City Your Eminence: The “National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America for the Diocesan Phase

Thank You, Your Majesty

Americans have many reasons to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the few truly noble figures on the contemporary world stage. We were deeply touched by her

Evangelization: What and When?

At the “information meeting” of the College of Cardinals this past August 29–30, there was considerable agreement that evangelization is Catholicism’s prime imperative for the twenty-first century—a consensus understandably gratifying

Finding the Bishops We Need

There was considerable excitement in some quarters this summer when Pope Francis appointed three women as members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Bishops, which makes recommendations to the pope for

On the Folly of Ignoring Dictators

Earlier this year, I had the honor and pleasure of being introduced to Hatfield House, ancestral home of the marquesses of Salisbury, by the seventh marquess, Robert Michael James Gascoyne-Cecil,

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