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Elizabeth Scalia on the idea of American Catholicism : Russell Shaw argues that the present struggles of the Church to be who she is amid governmental mandates and the ascendant “state religion” of secular humanism are the legacy of Baltimore’s Cardinal James Gibbons and other early . . . . Continue Reading »

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R. R. Reno on the triumph and the downsides of capitalism : The history of modern politics shows again and again that we can exercise political power to ameliorate and mitigate the social consequences of free market capitalism. This can only be done by limiting its powering motor, which is economic . . . . Continue Reading »

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Micah Mattix analyzes the line “ She sang beyond the genius of the sea ”: Wallace Stevens was preoccupied with the sound of poetry, evident in part in the alliteration and assonance of this week’s line from “The Idea of Order at Key West.” In his 1936 essay “The . . . . Continue Reading »

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Pete Spiliakos suggests a new agenda for right-leaning super PACs : Explain how conservative ideas could work to cut taxes on working families while encouraging investment. Explain the radicalism of the Democratic party’s abortion agenda, defend the humanity of the late-term . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel suggests reforming the College of Cardinals : As configured on February 28 (when Benedict XVI’s abdication took effect), the College was a somewhat strange electorate, albeit one that produced a striking result. Almost 20 percent of its members were retired. Only eight . . . . Continue Reading »

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James R. Rogers enumerates the costs and benefits of economic globalization : The source of increasing inequality in the U.S. also can be a source of decreasing inequality in less-developed countries as workers earn more and capital earns less. This complicates the morality of policies that seek to . . . . Continue Reading »

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William Doino Jr. profiles basketball scout Tom Konchalski : Faith and athletics, Konchalski says, both “encourage discipline, sacrifice, and the pursuit of excellence.” Both draw clear boundaries, and those who act selfishly and transgress settled rules suffer the consequences. And no . . . . Continue Reading »

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Peter Leithart describes Rupert Sheldrake’s eccentric ideas : Scientists and non-scientists frequently equate the materialist worldview with science itself, but Sheldrake argues that much of our everyday experience, not to mention recent scientific research, points in the opposite direction. . . . . Continue Reading »

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Sarah Degner Riveros argues that pro-lifers must learn to talk about rape : An inability to discuss rape is a particular problem for the pro-life movement. Instead of listening to survivors and believing them, pro-lifers sometimes make the argument that rape studies overestimate the prevalence of . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel on Pope Francis’ view of poverty : Here, the Holy Father took the opportunity to explain, once again, his choice of papal name, while using that exercise to make two important points.  Stressing the Church’s care for, and work with, the poor throughout the world, the . . . . Continue Reading »