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Natural law = Bigotry? Please.

On November 3, Ken Cuccinelli was elected attorney general of Virginia in a landslide. His 15% margin of victory strongly suggests that Old Dominion voters were unimpressed by a shrill

Nancy Pelosi and the Claims of Conscience

On September 28, a bipartisan group of 187 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak and Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts, sent a letter to

Homecoming

A year or so ago I got a letter from a man with whom I’d first begun corresponding shortly after his tour as an infantry lieutenant in Iraq. If memory

Undesirables

Sometimes, the veil slips. It certainly did in a recent New York Times Magazine interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There, in the course of relating her

After Notre Dame

Where do things stand, two months after the University of Notre Dame defied the bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend and some eighty of his fellow-bishops by awarding an honorary doctorate

An Open Letter to Miguel Diaz

Dear Dr. Diaz: Congratulations on your nomination as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Having worked on a bipartisan basis with seven of your predecessors, in both calm and turbulent

Charity in Truth

Now that was a week: a new social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (“Charity in Truth”), from Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday; a meeting between the pope and Pres. Barack Obama

The President and the Pope

When he meets Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on July 10, President Barack Obama will find himself in conversation with a man who is, at heart, a teacher. Which

Judging Justices, Catholic and Otherwise

When Samuel Alito was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bush in 2005, there was a great and frequently uncivil hoo-rah to the effect that Alito would give the

What "Church" Does Notre Dame belong to?

Of all the commentary I’ve read on Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate of laws as the university’s 2009 commencement speaker, the most disturbing

Obama and the "Real" Catholics

Passionate debates over doctrine, identity, and the boundaries of “communion” have been a staple of the American religious landscape for centuries: Trinitarians vs. Unitarians in 19th-century New England; Modernists vs.

A Christian Nation?

A few days after the 2008 election, I was walking toward the Largo Argentina on a cool, clear Roman evening, when I noticed a magazine kiosk and wandered over to

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