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Jimmy Carter, Biblical Scholar and Theologian

Given the specter of James Buchanan, the question of whether Jimmy Carter was the worst president in the history of the Republic must remain unresolved; yet there is no doubt

Easter Changes Everything

Christmas occupies such a large part of the Christian imagination that the absolute supremacy of Easter as the greatest of Christian feasts may get obscured at times. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi,

Cardinal Dolan and the New Evangelization

The irrepressibly effervescent personality of Cardinal Timothy Dolan may tempt some to think of the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as the

God Save the Queen

On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II marked her diamond jubilee, an achievement that Great Britain will celebrate throughout 2012. I am not a monarchist, but I’ll happily join in saluting

HHS and Soft Totalitarianism

The Obama administration’s recently-announced HHS regulations, which would require Catholic institutions to subsidize health insurance coverage that provides sterilization, abortifacient drugs, and contraceptives, should be located within the context of

Vatican III? Where?

There are many good arguments against quickly convening a Third Vatican Council – a notion beloved of Catholics who occupy the portside cabins on the Barque of Peter. The most

Seekers or Finders?

On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, I heard a sermon – a rather well-delivered one at that – about the Magi as religious “seekers.” The same note, I’ll wager, was

Child Sacrifice in 21st Century America

The Hebrew Bible is not for the squeamish. And its harshest maledictions are called down upon those who practiced the abomination of child-sacrifice. Thus the Psalmist: They sacrificed their sons

Václav Havel and Us

Václav Havel, who died this past December 18, was one of the great contemporary exponents of freedom lived nobly. His moral mettle proved true in both the world of ideas

Converts and the Symphony of Truth

Why do adults become Catholics? There are as many reasons for “converting” as there are converts. Evelyn Waugh became a Catholic with, by his own admission, “little emotion but clear

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