Is Joe Biden Only Quasi-Catholic—At Best?

  Funny how a presidential election can change everything. For the past four years, the story has been the evangelical church in the time of Donald Trump. Now it’s the Catholic Church in the time of Joe Biden. There are key differences in this religion/power narrative....
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Coolidge and the Catholics

  I In September 1924 President Calvin Coolidge gave a speech to over 100,000 Catholics of the Holy Name Society1 that exhibited his truly prophetic grasp of the role church and state play in upholding and sustaining America’s constitutional order. Now, when that order is...
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How Paul Weyrich Shaped the GOP Agenda

Now that the pro-life movement is well into its third generation, perhaps it is time to record a forgotten (or hidden) chapter covering its very beginnings, not to criticize, but to make the record complete. Take a moment to recall the context of the times. When the abortion...
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How Paul Weyrich Shaped the GOP Agenda, Part II

  Elitists with a superiority complex: That might have been a shorthand (albeit simplistic and uncharitable) description of the Republican Party at the beginning of the 1970s. Today the description of the GOP is very different, and so is the political climate. A lot of the...
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Gloria Purvis: Faithful and Fearless

  When Gloria Purvis was twelve, something remarkable happened to her. Praying before the Blessed Sacrament, she suddenly felt a spiritual fire move throughout her soul. It was the kind of thing one reads about in the lives of saints—except that Gloria wasn’t even a Catholic...
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The Gospel of Life

Simply from the point of view of reason and right thinking, contraception and abortion cannot be called “health care”—unless a child be considered a disease to be prevented or eliminated.
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Finding Dorothy Day (Part II)

In 1950, an Irish Jesuit priest named Father Edmond Kent was visiting Manhattan for the day. He was hoping to meet Dorothy Day, because he had read about her remarkable conversion from Marxism to Christianity, and was equally impressed by her Catholic Worker Movement and its...
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APPENDIX: Why We Catholics Are So “Hung Up” on Abortion

[Timothy Cardinal Dolan is the Archbishop of New York. This column appeared on January 13 on the website of Catholic New York (www.cny.org) and is reprinted with the Cardinal’s permission.]   “Why are you Catholics so hung up about abortion?” this rather well-known political...
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Searching for Dorothy Day

  If ever there was an American defying easy categorization, it was Dorothy Day. She was a quiet child who became a bohemian; a bohemian who became a journalist; a journalist who became a radical; a radical who became an anarchist; an anarchist who became a Catholic; and a...
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Good Humor and the Illusion of Control

Day-to-day events are moving with the speed of an avalanche, so fast, in fact, that they threaten to bury me right here where I sit scribbling. Our moment cries out for a caveat: Between the time of this writing and the time of your reading some important new “fact” may be...
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