Why Did Mitt Romney Get a Standing Ovation Today?

Because we still value religious liberty? [Read more...]

Know This Man, Be This Man

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For just a little under an hour, it is still the feast of Saint Camillus de Lellis. This depiction of Camillus (who I knew nothing about at the time) at the North American Pontifical College in Rome stopped me in my tracks on a visit there two months ago: Everyone we meet … it could [Read More...]

‘religion is our lifeline and a sort of love letter to our families, our ancestors, and our better selves’

I have an interview up on National Review Online with David Gelernter about the revolution that has taken place in the United States in recent decades. You might find his discussion of religion of particular interest. Here: Post-religious thinkers don’t even live on the same spiritual planet as Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Americans. Old-time atheists [Read More...]

Heartbreaking

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Elton John, via the Daily Mail, on his son: It’s going to be heartbreaking for him to grow up and realise he hasn’t got a mummy. I think we’re a culture sharing in heartbreak. Contributing to it. Suffering from it. [Read more...]

Morality & Markets

If you were encouraged by Paul Ryan, you may appreciate this interview with Fr. Robert Sirico. From the conversation: LOPEZ: How can you get more greed with socialism than capitalism? FR. SIRICO: To the extent that socialism holds back creativity and thus productivity, it increases poverty. When people become desperate, even good people can become [Read More...]

Freedom, Justice, and the Space for Flourishing

Paul Ryan continues an important conversation: Government helps create the space for innovation and prosperity, but government does not fill that space – and it should not try to, as the last few years have shown us. Only free citizens create things that improve our lives. A free economy and strong communities are the best [Read More...]

The Catholic Church Isn’t a Left-Right Thing

George Weigel: “the cowboys-Indians/left-right optic is incapable of grappling with the fact that the Catholic Church is about true-and-false, not liberal-and-conservative.” [Read more...]

Mitt’s G.K. Flair

Mitt Romney gave a pretty spirited (all around — he went off script after being booed for saying he’d repeal the president’s health-care law) speech to the NAACP convention it. He ended it with this tribute to his father and our Father: It wasn’t just that my Dad helped write the civil rights provision for [Read More...]


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