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Opinion
January 19, 2021
Holly Taylor Coolman
Donald Trump did not just tighten immigration policies; he hired Stephen Miller to use cruelty as a policy of deterrence. He did not just condescend to women; he insulted them and mocked their physical appearance. He did not just ridicule his opponents; he clearly enjoyed doing so. Over and over, he demonstrated that he did not just consider political opponents to be opponents, but as enemies to be crushed.
January 19, 2021
Peter Wolfgang
This is, by all the appearances, the hour of the Catholic Never-Trumper. But appearances can be deceiving. For all the ignominy of Trump’s bitter end, Catholics were right to vote for him. In fact, the Catholic Church will soon come to miss Donald Trump. Here are five reasons why.
January 17, 2021
Fr Hugh Somerville Knapman
Pope Francis has refocused the ecumenical initiative away from the formal, institutional unity being laboriously investigated by theologians, to an informal, grassroots, and immediate unity in the martyr-blood of ordinary Christians.
January 08, 2021
J. David Franks
Whatever one calls what happened on Wednesday, the spectacle of hundreds of thugs storming, vandalizing, and occupying the US Capitol, interrupting the national legislature’s acknowledgment of the electoral votes certified by each of the states in the fullness of their rightful sovereignty, surely appalled every true American—and filled us with an immense sadness—a horrible day for the Republic.
January 05, 2021
Nicholas Frankovich
No one who has paid attention should be surprised by his post-election conduct, including the phone call to Georgia. This most recent offense of his, perhaps the most outrageous on record, is of questionable legality and, you would think, grounds for a second impeachment, but he appears to have shed few supporters.
January 02, 2021
Charles Collins
It seems it would take Solomon to figure out how to cut State down to size, but perhaps the wisest of ancient Israel’s kings has already provided a solution: Cut the baby in half.
January 01, 2021
Christopher Altieri
If Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Gallagher are clear-eyed regarding the terms of their arrangement, so is Cardinal Zen in his estimation of its effect.
December 28, 2020
Matthew Schmitz
A soft, therapeutic technocracy can promise more and deliver less than a hard technocratic regime devoted to, say, cold fusion or the abolition of age.
December 26, 2020
Calvin Robinson
"It’s beyond me," says teacher, governor and education consultant Calvin Robinson, "why a Conservative government is pushing this authoritarian approach. The rights and responsibilities of parents to educate their children are paramount."
December 13, 2020
Roberto Rivera
While Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that “we could start getting things back to relative normal” by next spring or summer if enough people get vaccinated, some aspects of “normal” probably will not survive. One of these are the political and moral arguments against a legal right to physician-assisted suicide. Then-California governor Jerry Brown summed
November 24, 2020
Charlie Camosy
"[A] paradigmatic example of our violent, anti-life throwaway culture — one pro-lifers and Catholics everywhere must now mobilize to resist."
November 13, 2020
The Catholic Herald
'I do not understand how anyone can do this'