Sam Brownback, soon-to-be ambassador

I thank the president for nominating a serious person — not a given for political appointments, perhaps especially in this administration. Read more

Michael Cromartie was a good and great man

In a huge loss to the faith-and-politics world, Michael Cromartie has died. He was 67. Known and widely admired for his decades of work of improving the integrity of evangelical Protestant political engagement, Cromartie was vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. Cromartie also greatly improved public dialogue about religion by bringing together religion experts and journalists eager to write about faith with more analytical rigor and insight. I will leave the more personal remembrances to… Read more

Evangelicals and the Trump train

Are they driving it? Will they be rolled over by it? Or are they just being taken for a ride? Read more

Catholics’ and evangelicals’ ‘surprising ecumenism’

Ecumenism is a lot easier with people who vote the same you do. Read more

Georgetown University reckons with its slaveholding past

Witnessing the Georgetown Jesuits and the descendants of slaves praying, singing, and breaking bread together seemed like a preview of heaven. It was a visible, tangible reminder that, in spite of its drawbacks, seeing the grand drama of human sin and reconciliation through the lens of Christianity reminds me why faith remains so compelling. Read more

Undertaker to bereaved gay man: ‘We don’t deal with your kind’

Nothing in the complaint mentions the defendants’ religious beliefs. But I can see this story getting ugly very fast. Read more

Is Callista Gingrich the next USA ambassador to the Holy See?

Callista Gingrich will almost certainly be the next American ambassador to the Holy See. This has been in the works for a while. Since the election, Mrs. Gingrich’s name is frequently floated and in January, it was confirmed that she is being considered. Plugged-in Vatican journalist Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register seems to think Gingrich’s appointment is all but a done deal. He reported yesterday: One informed source told the Register they would be “very surprised” if Mrs…. Read more

Episcopal layman Neil Gorsuch

Gorsuch may represent a new mold of legal conservative who understands that the marriage fight is over, while retaining conservative views on other life/sex issues. Read more

Trump’s new low of shamelessness and depravity

I could stomach this if Trump was the least bit contrite. But his brazen defiance makes these words especially hollow and hurtful. Read more

My ‘bad-faith’ ‘review’ of the Benedict option

I appreciate Rod Dreher taking the time to consider and address some “strange mischaracterizations” from a friendly skeptic. Read more

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