?Pope Francis and Weddings

From First Thoughts

The New York Times titled its article, “In Weddings, Pope Looks Past Tradition.” The Wall Street Journal announced that the pope’s presiding over twenty weddings at St. Peter’s on Sunday indicates his desire for a more “open and inclusive church.” CBS News called the mass ceremony “progressive.” 
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The Naked Public

From the November 2004 Print Edition

The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America by Richard John Neuhaus was published in 1984. Herewith, twenty years later, reflections on the influence of the book and contemporary problems raised by its argument, with a response by Father Neuhaus. Stanley HauerwasI should not like The . . . . Continue Reading »

A Century in Books

From the March 2000 Print Edition

Whatever else we know about the readers of this journal”and, thanks to the recent readership survey, we know quite a bit”we know that you are voracious readers of books. Important ideas, as in thought about “first things,” flow into, through, from, and around books. What . . . . Continue Reading »

The Supreme Court 1997

From the October 1997 Print Edition

To help the reader understand the background of the following commentaries, we asked Robert P. George of Princeton University for a brief summary of the 1996-97 cases related to questions of morality and religion. Herewith his pulling together of the pertinent facts. His own commentary appears later . . . . Continue Reading »