U.S. Affairs

Paint-By-Numbers Journalism

Press coverage of New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan’s recent election as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops exemplified what my colleague Meghan Clyne calls “paint-by-numbers” reporting.

Thoughts at the Alamo

On a recent visit to San Antonio to help support an exciting new project, John Paul II Catholic High School, I had the opportunity to re-visit the Alamo, one of

Questions for Candidates in a Crucial Election

Given the degree to which American politics has deteriorated into barrages of sound-bites, it may seem quixotic — perhaps even idiotic — to indulge my biennial habit of proposing Questions

An Anniversary of Consequence

On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Harris v. McRae and upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment, which had prohibited federal funding for Medicaid

What Gettysburg Means

My home is a forty-five minute drive from Gettysburg National Military Park, a site I've visited many times, never without some emotion. The nature of that emotion crystallized for me

An Immigration Debate Primer

It's hard to imagine a more depressing spectacle in contemporary American public life than the immigration reform “debate.” What a friend who's bailing out of the mainstream media recently deplored

The Cardinal Among the Latter-Day Saints

The three years of service that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has given the Church as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have been a great blessing.

What JFK Wrought at Houston

Sandro Magister's “Chiesa” [Church] newsletter (available at http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it) is an indispensable resource for anyone seriously following the major debates within the Catholic Church, the ideas shaping the pontificate of Benedict

Scandal-Time, Once More

Reports of the clerical sexual abuse of the young in Europe — and the gross mishandling of these cases by bishops, including connivance in cover-ups — ignited a media firestorm

What Went Wrong

Throughout what U.S. Catholics called the “Long Lent” of 2002, when every week seemed to bring revelations of clerical sexual abuse and its mishandling by the church’s bishops, some observers

Church Gets an Unfair Rap

Whether the victim is a kidnapped sex slave in Thailand, a trafficked child camel jockey in the Persian Gulf states, or a fifth grader assaulted in an American elementary school,

The Erosion of Religious Freedom

Connoisseurs of political kamikaze runs will long debate what finished off Martha Coakley in the recent Massachusetts election to fill the seat Edward M. Kennedy held for 47 years. The

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