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Questions of Competence

It’s a safe bet that 99.95 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have never heard of La Civiltà Cattolica (“Catholic Civilization”), a journal founded in 1850 by the Jesuits of Rome

Are Jihadis “Losers”?

When I first visited Israel in 1988, my friend Professor Menahem Milson, a distinguished Arabist at Hebrew University who was Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s military aide during Sadat’s historic visit

The Cooler Cold War

The claim that “the Cold War is over” and that the West needs a “new paradigm” for relations with Russia has become an antiphon in some conservative political circles—not least

Awkward? Or Wise?

Asked to name books that gave me the greatest intellectual jolt in recent decades, I’d quickly cite two. N. T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress Press) accepts every

Fifty Years of Friendship with Cardinal Pell

Msgr. Thomas A. Whelan, my pastor when I was growing up in Baltimore, was a striking character: Princeton friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald; former Wall Street broker; high-ranking Army chaplain

The Summer Reading List

I recently met the good people of St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick, Massachusetts, which offers classical Catholic education to some very fortunate youngsters. The extensive summer reading lists

It’s Howdy Doody Time!

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always

Way Beyond the New Atheist Nonsense

Given the intellectual flimsiness of their work, it’s best to look for cultural causes to explain the popularity of the “New Atheists.” And surely one factor is the now-canonical notion

Thoughts on the Western Wall, Fifty Years Later

Photographs can capture exceptional moments in an iconic way, making the original experience “present” emotionally as well as pictorially. The photo of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo

A Hillarian Lesson for Church Leaders

Perhaps it was being “overcome with Paschal joy” (as the Prefaces for Easter put it). Maybe it was my guardian angel whispering in my ear. Perhaps I’m just getting older

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