B. D. McClay is a junior fellow at First Things.

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Ending Tyranny in Zimbabwe

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Robert Mugabe has just won a landslide victory in Zimbabwe . Luke Foster discusses Zimbabwe’s political history in today’s  On the Square : President Mugabe has managed to hang on to power despite his fierce unpopularity (especially in urban areas and among the Ndebele). Mass fraud . . . . Continue Reading »

Papal Poverty

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If the devil wears Prada, perhaps it’s time for the Pope to wear Payless. Should priests live luxurious lifestyles?  William Doino Jr. and Pope Francis think not : Francis’ sparse and austere lifestyle is well-known: as archbishop of Buenos Aires, he shunned limousines and . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Transparent Government

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The Freedom of Information Act is in desperate need of reform, says Brian Simboli in his On the Square   piece today. FOIA is a useful tool for defenders of religious freedom (and for concerned citizens in general), but its implementation is broken and prone to abuse: The government often . . . . Continue Reading »