Judge Bork: Plain but Deep

From a Roger Kimball review of Robert H. Bork’s Coercing Virtue that appeared in National Review: Like many profound books, Coercing Virtue does not attempt to say anything new. Instead, it does something that is at once more valuable and more difficult: It reminds us of old, familiar truths–so familiar that they are everywhere neglected. [Read More...]

That Glimmer in the Judge’s Eye

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Robert Bork died this morning. He should have been on the Supreme Court. But perhaps the fact that he wasn’t confirmed was as important a lesson to us as the time Ronald Reagan intended to have him spend on the Court might have been. I remember emceeing a “Women for Roberts” event back one hot [Read More...]

Christmas for Christians — A Gift Guide

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Some advice: As Catholics we should give differently than those who do not share our faith. In our giving, we should try to give in such a way that those we love receive something of the pearl of great price, the buried treasure that rust can’t corrode, burglars can’t steal and the IRS can’t tax. [Read More...]

Do We Bring Peace to the World?

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This morning in Rome, Pope Benedict prays with us all for the families who lost children on Friday in that horrifying school shooting in Connecticut: I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May [Read More...]

Welcome Jesus!!

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I just joined Pope Benedict XVI and very cold pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus. It is cold here. But are our hearts? This Advent, “give space and welcome Jesus, the Word that saves us, to our hearts,” the Holy Father implored. I’ve never been here at this time of year. There’s significance [Read More...]

Thank You, Georgetown Professor!

In response to some of the shock-awe-coverage of Cardinal Dolan being a fan of Dorothy Day, John Hirsch, an English professor at Georgetown, writes: “it is a religious, not only political, vision that moved her, and it is that which effectively set her apart from a purely political agenda, and engages us still today.” Thank [Read More...]

Our Choices Have Eternal Consequences

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From a recent diocesan paper column: Just as much as Jesus discoursed on the beauty of Heaven, he spoke about the reality of hell. He compared hell to a blazing furnace, an unquenchable fire, a worm that doesn’t die. We can make choices, He said, that cause us to lose body and soul in hell, [Read More...]

Religion Keeps Twitter Buzzing

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According to Twitter: I get all kinds of mixed results from random homily tweets myself. I should probably put my iPad away. But sometimes you get feedback that suggests there was a reason you pulled it out … [Read more...]


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