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The Bishops, Donatism, and President Biden

In an article first posted at Commonweal and republished on July 7 in La Croix International, Professor John Thiel of Fairfield University, while criticizing the U.S. bishops’ decision to prepare a teaching document

The DeLauro Democrats and the Bishops

At 1 p.m. EDT on June 18, it was announced that three-quarters of the U.S. bishops had voted to develop a statement on the eucharistic integrity of the Church and

Collegiality and Eucharistic Integrity

The concept of the “collegiality” of bishops has been sharply contested since the Second Vatican Council debated it in 1962, 1963, and 1964. That discussion was sufficiently contentious that a

Gaia, False Gods, and Public Policy

I claim no expertise in climate science. I do claim a certain competence in detecting spin in the media; for I’m a card-carrying member of that clan, as I’ve committed

Exodus, Lent, and Becoming a True Nation

Ten years ago, I began a most extraordinary Lent by walking up the Aventine Hill to the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the first day of the Roman station church

The Challenge of Eucharistic Coherence

In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope St. John Paul II invited Catholics to “rekindle” our sense of “Eucharistic amazement,” for “the Church draws her life from the Eucharist,” which “recapitulates

Inaugural Reflections on American Renewal

Thanks to the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by a mob, some of whose violent members claim they took their cues from the forty-fifth president of the

Thoughts on a Pro-Life Picket Line

One of Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s “Clinics for Abortion & Reproductive Excellence”—named to yield the Orwellian acronym CARE—is located about a mile away from my parish in Bethesda, Maryland. Earlier this

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