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Is “Europe” Finished?

On May 3, the United States lost the seat on the United Nations Human Rights Commission it had held since 1947. Among the human rights paragons who did get elected

Child Abuse

Some people never quite get it. Take Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who is said to be contemplating a run for the presidency. In his new book, Conscience of a Liberal:

Whose Fringe? What Mainstream?

The Ashcroft confirmation hearings in January reinforced the intuition that virtually all American politics since the Cold War has become abortion politics. The former Missouri senator’s opponents (including such Catholics

Election Numbers Once More

John Green of the University of Akron may know as much about which Americans vote for which candidates and why as anyone in the country. In a recent seminar at

The Clinton Legacy

The forty-second president of the United States began to define his legacy hours after his 1993 inauguration, when he signed a series of executive orders deepening the federal government’s involvement

To those about to be ordained (Part 2)

As I wrote last week, I have been exceptionally blessed in recent years by the friendship of the faculty and students of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. What

To those about to be ordained (Part 2)

As I wrote last week, I have been exceptionally blessed in recent years by the friendship of the faculty and students of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. What

In Defense of the First Freedom

Then there was the sacred parking barrier. It seems that the San Francisco highways department had left one of those ugly concrete parking barriers behind the tea garden in Golden

Parsing the "New Evangelization"

The “new evangelization” is one of the signature themes of the pontificate of John Paul II. Addressing the bishops of the southeastern United States on March 17, the Holy Father

Dumbing Down Morals

It’s been a bad two months for moral argument in these United States. I don’t have in mind the latest White House scandal; its tawdriness goes without saying. But even

The Pope in America

Over the past four years, Pope John Paul II has developed what is arguably the most sophisticated moral, philosophical, and theological analysis of democracy on offer in the world today.

Arguments as Old as America

  During President Reagan’s two administrations, Elliott Abrams held three senior State Department positions, as Assistant Secretary of State for, first, International Organization Affairs, then Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs,

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