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George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.email@example.com (The Editors)firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:29:17 -0400https://d25wp47b6tla3u.cloudfront.net/img/favicon-196.pngFirst Things RSS Feed Image
60Russian Orthodoxy’s Aggressive Obsessionshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/russian-orthodoxys-aggressive-obsessions
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400What does the Lord’s injunction to turn the other cheek in Matthew 5:39 require when it comes to ecumenical dialogue? The question regularly poses itself to those familiar with the
of the Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Changing the Gamehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/changing-the-game
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400For those of us who find it impossible to cast a vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on November 8, this poem by Artur Miedzyrzecki, written during Poland’s Solidarity revolution, has a certain resonance:
]]>Golden Memories of a Golden Anniversaryhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/golden-memories-of-a-golden-anniversary
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400After Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium was torn down in the old hometown in 2002, I began describing the vast empty space left behind as “the abomination of desolation.” Things are a bit more sightly now: Two apartment complexes and a new Y have been built on the site. In my mind’s eye, though, what I see on East 33
Street is the old brick horseshoe where I learned baseball from my grandfather Weigel in the late 1950s—and where, a half-century ago, I had a foretaste of the joy of the Kingdom.
]]>Speaking of “Deplorables”.... https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/speaking-of-deplorables
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400You’d think presidential candidates would have learned that shooting from the lip in front of deep-pocket donors is asking for trouble. Mitt Romney’s ill-advised comment about the “47%” of us who are “dependent on government” helped sink his candidacy in an otherwise winnable election. Barack Obama’s snark about folks clinging to their guns and Bibles because they can’t handle post-modernity got a mulligan from a star-struck press corps; but among those paying attention that elitist smackdown put the final nail in the coffin of Obama-the-unifier, the trope Obama had exploited since his first appearance on the national stage at the 2004 Democratic convention.
]]>The Vatican, China, and Evangelical Prudencehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/the-vatican-china-and-evangelical-prudence
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400Recent
by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, have fueled speculation about a possible exchange of diplomatic representation between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China. Unfortunately, the cardinal’s remarks did not address any of the serious questions that have been raised about the evangelical and prudential wisdom of such an agreement at this moment in history. Those questions involve the nature of the PRC regime; the doctrine and canon law of the Church; the impact of such an agreement on Vatican diplomacy in promoting human rights; and the Church’s twenty-first-century mission in China.
]]>They’re Confessors, Not “Culture-Warriors”https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/theyre-confessors-not-culture-warriors
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400Like Shelby Foote’s three-volume masterpiece,
The Civil War: A Narrative
, Francis Parkman’s seven-volume colossus,
France and England in North America
, is worth reading and re-reading for its literary elegance as well as its historical insight. Parkman, like Foote, wrote history from a point of view: in Parkman’s case, the Whiggish conviction that, when Wolfe defeated Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, North America was won for liberty against popish authoritarianism. Yet, again like Foote, the elegiac southerner who recognized Lincoln’s greatness, Parkman was bigger than his point of view and could thus celebrate the heroism of the seventeenth-century Jesuits martyred in the raw wilderness of the New World.
]]>Catholicism’s Empty Quarter https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/09/catholicisms-empty-quarter
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400QUÉBEC CITY. The exit signs along Autoroute 40 between the quondam capital of New France and Montréal are a veritable Litany of the Saints: Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Basile-Sud, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf, Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan, Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, Saint Maurice, Saint-Louis-de-France, Saint-Léon-le-Grand, down through L’Assomption and Sainte-Térèse.
]]>He’s Not “Turning his Back to the People”https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/hes-not-turning-his-back-to-the-people
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, caused a rumpus earlier this summer by proposing to a meeting of liturgists in London that the Catholic Church return to the practice of priest and people praying in the same direction during the Liturgy of the Eucharist: a change in liturgical “orientation” the cardinal described as the entire congregation looking together toward the Lord who is to come. Cardinal Sarah further proposed that bishops and priests consider implementing this change on the First Sunday of Advent this year, during the liturgical season in which expectations of the Lord’s return in glory are prominent.
]]>Joe Biden is Isaac Hecker’s Fault?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/joe-biden-is-isaac-heckers-fault
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400U.S. Catholics generally know little about the Church’s history in our country. But whether you’re trying to fill gaps in your knowledge or just looking for a good read, let me recommend a new book by Russell Shaw:
Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O’Connor
]]>God and Brexithttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/god-and-brexit
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Ever since the United Kingdom decided in June to leave the European Union, contending (and sometimes overlapping) explanations have been offered for a vote that stunned the world’s opinion-makers: a perceived loss of national sovereignty to a transnational organization; concerns over current EU immigration policy and the effect of open EU borders on jobs and the rule of law; frustrations with petty bureaucratic regulation by EU mandarins in Brussels. Together, these amount to what’s often called the EU’s “democracy deficit,” which seems to me real enough.