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On the Square Today

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Today in our first feature article, Elizabeth Scalia diagnoses ” A Dictatorship of Sentimentalism “: I wonder if the dictatorship of relativism would be so comfortably entrenched within our society, were it not resting upon a bed of snuggly sentimentalism weaved through prosperity . . . . Continue Reading »

Baltimore and the Legion of Christ

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Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore has made public a stiff letter of concern about the activities of the Legion of Christ and its lay affiliate, Regnum Christi, setting out guidelines to be met for its continuing operation in the archdiocese. In the course of his letter he notes the grave . . . . Continue Reading »


From Web Exclusives

As those of you who tried to reach us over the weekend will have noticed, we temporarily lost ownership of our domain name, which closed down the site. We’re back up and running now. Because Richard John Neuhaus’ Daily Article from Friday was unavailable for readers, we’ve decided to . . . . Continue Reading »

A Kafkaesque Tale

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Father Gordon MacRae, a priest of the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, has been in prison for more than twelve years, convicted of a sex-abuse crime that he insists he did not commit. He is sentenced to thirty-three years, and his claim of innocence precludes his being considered for parole. . . . . Continue Reading »