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Lord Acton Versus Pope Francis

The most perceptive and simultaneously most obtuse comment on the current crisis in the Catholic Church is a headline by Marc Theissen: “Suddenly I Understand How [the] Reformation Happened.” This is perceptive, because the mass defection of the Protestants 500 years ago is the right historical precedent for the gravity of the Catholic Church’s crisis, […]

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The New Counterculture

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The New Counterculture Partisanship makes people into idiots. The Brett Kavanaugh media circus is providing us with plenty of examples, and I’ll cite just one on each side. On the left, I give you Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono, who was asked, “Doesn’t Kavanaugh have the same presumption […]

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The Church Loses Its War on Human Nature

For 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has been at war with human nature. It usually loses, as it must, and over the past few weeks it has been losing more than usual. The “pedophile priest” scandal has gotten widespread publicity in the US since the story was broken by the Boston Globe all the way […]

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The Secular Left’s Televangelist Scandal

It didn’t stop with Harvey Weinstein. Of course it didn’t. We all knew he was just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal of powerful men using their position to force their attentions on young women in more or less disgusting ways hasn’t even stopped in Hollywood. It is now spreading to the political media, […]

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The Anti-Climax of Kantianism

I just came across such a comically grotesque philosophical expression of everything that’s wrong with our culture that I had to write a piece on it for The Federalist. I’m going to include that piece here, but afterwards I have some additional comments I want to make, just for this newsletter, that take it down […]

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Marxifix Maximus

The symbol of the Pope Francis era has to be the “Marxifix”—the crucifix in the shape of a hammer and sickle presented to the pope by Bolivian socialist Evo Morales. It might actually have been an appropriate symbol—if it had been offered to commemorate all of the Christians martyred in the 20th century by Communist […]

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The View from the Popemobile

I have started Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s newly release papal encyclical on global warming, and it’s something of a slog. As one of my colleagues put it, popes never seem to use one word when 500 will do. I feel somewhat free to take things slowly when analyzing these documents. There’s something about an institution […]

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I Confess My Sin to the Pope

Dear Pope Francis: I am writing to confess my sin. That’s what you Catholics are supposed to do, to confess your sin to an authority figure, right? OK, then, I’m confessing mine. You see, I fit the description you recently gave of those who support the capitalist economic system, who have fallen into the sin […]

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What Has Jerusalem to Do with Athens?

In honor of Benedict XVI’s resignation, I am reposting an article I wrote analyzing his first big speech as pope and the controversy surrounding it. This was originally published in TIA Daily, then later in The Intellectual Activist, with the following cover image, for which John Cox and Allen Forkum combined Raphael’s “The School of Athens” […]

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