Matthew Schmitz
is senior editor of First Things. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Spectator, the Catholic Herald, and other publications. He holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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On Intellectual Genealogies

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1 Paul begat Augustine;2 Augustine begat Thomas, 3 Bonaventure, Bernard, Anselm, Boethius,4 And Scotus, who prospered before his brothers.5 Forsooth the son of Scotus was Ockham.6 And the sons of Ockham were Luther and Calvin.7 And their sons were Division and . . . . Continue Reading »

Despising Jean Danielou

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Jean Danielou died in disgrace. In 1974, at age sixty-nine, the noted advisor to the Second Vatican Council who had been made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI was found dead in the home of a Parisian prostitute. France‚Äôs Catholic bishops, trying to calm rumors, published a letter in Le Monde saying that . . . . Continue Reading »

Man Tweets at Woman

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I follow both David Gibson, a reporter for Religion News Service, and Mollie Hemingway, a writer for the Federalist, on Twitter. Like many of those who do, I have noticed a pattern in which Hemingway sends out a tweet that is not addressed to Gibson to which he nonetheless replies—not to . . . . Continue Reading »