SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Matthew Schmitz

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April 16, 2020
The architect, as Newman saw, was too attached to the past. But he understood the needs of his time
April 02, 2020
As the coronavirus spreads, advice from public authorities continues to change. But one admonition remains constant. No matter what, we are told to “trust the experts”. At the March Democratic debate, Joe Biden promised that he, unlike Donald Trump, would “listen to the experts” and “listen to science again”. Lindsey Graham (pictured) said that any
March 19, 2020
Coronavirus has caught America off-guard. One can see it not only in the belated reactions of public officials, but in the confused responses of pundits. As some Fox News presenters played down the crisis, Tucker Carlson urged President Trump to take action. As some liberals said Trump had not done enough, others warned he was
March 05, 2020
In the course of the Democratic primary, almost every candidate has been accused of racism: Elizabeth Warren for claiming to be Native American, Michael Bloomberg for enacting stop-and-frisk, Pete Buttigieg for firing a black police chief, Kamala Harris for prosecuting drug offenders, and Bernie Sanders for opposing open borders. But no one has been called
February 20, 2020
Since February 1, couples in Hungary have been able to undergo in vitro fertilisation free of charge. Viktor Orbán’s government has brought six formerly private fertility clinics under state control, declaring procreation a matter of “national strategic importance”. Approximately 4,000 children are born in Hungary by means of IVF each year. Miklós Kásler, Hungary’s minister
January 09, 2020
On January 3, Donald Trump held a rally at Ministerio Internacional El Rey Jesús in Miami, the largest Hispanic congregation in the United States. It showed why Trump’s campaign enjoys such strong support from religious voters. It also showed how that support can sometimes veer into heresy. Trump was welcomed by the church’s pastor, Guillermo
December 12, 2019
On November 26, Bishop John Fang Xingyao declared, “Love for the homeland must be greater than the love for the Church.” It is not the kind of statement one expects to hear from a bishop of the Catholic – that is to say, the universal – Church. It recalls the ultra-nationalist heresy propounded by fascists
November 28, 2019
Earlier this month, a skirmish broke out on the American right between white nationalists and classical liberals. The white nationalists, calling themselves the “groyper army” (don’t ask), have been attending campus events organised by classical liberals in order to ask questions about “demographic replacement”, US support for Israel and the morality of homosexual acts –
November 26, 2019
Earlier this month, a skirmish broke out on the American right between white nationalists and classical liberals. The white nationalists, calling themselves the “groyper army” (don’t ask), have been attending campus events organised by classical liberals in order to ask questions about “demographic replacement”, US support for Israel and the morality of homosexual acts –
November 14, 2019
In recent months, controversies in the Catholic Church have reached a new pitch. On one side are critics of the Pope, often accused of being crypto-schismatics or sedevacantists. On the other side are ultramontanes – people who speak as if (even if they don’t quite believe) the Pope can do no wrong. Though superficially opposed,
October 28, 2019
Ex occidente lux? Christians looking to Kanye West for guidance are bound to be disappointed. He is not the sort of nice, respectable person who flatters his audience by saying what it wants to hear – that is, he is not Taylor Swift. Sooner or later, Kanye will declare his independence from the approval of
October 17, 2019
When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s, he was struck by how radically it differed from France. In his home country, the partisans of religion and the partisans of liberty were starkly opposed. Philosophes openly scoffed at the faith; Catholics rejected liberty altogether. In America, by contrast, he discovered the union of “two