The Wild of the Mass

Only say the word and I shall be healed. Isn’t that the most humble unadorned thing you can say about faith? Don’t you always say that with a shiver in your heart? The hair prickles on my head sometimes when I say that. Continue Reading »

Catholics Face a Choice

Will Catholics uphold the Church's teaching that the divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to communion, or will they reject it? Pope Francis has brought this question before the Church, though he refuses to formulate it so starkly. Continue Reading »

Catholic Voters and the Ethical Strategy of Abstention

If Catholic Republicans accept the logic that abstention is almost always a selfish and unjustified act of free-riding, then they admit that they have no exit threat and undermine the incentive for a candidate like Trump to respond to their complaints. They need the exit threat as a bargaining chip. And the exit threat will be credible only if the voters are actually willing to use it. Continue Reading »

Tradition and the Constitution (October 20)

Here's an event announcement that will interest readers of First Things in the New York area. On Thursday evening, October 20, Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell (left) will deliver a lecture, “Tradition and the Constitution,” to inaugurate the Tradition Project, a new research initiative of the St. John's University Center for Law and Religion. Continue Reading »