Bristol Palin

wrote a sensible blog post, and she’s getting slammed from everyone who cares to have an opinion on this young woman and her mistakes. Just because you fail to live up to your standards doesn’t mean you have to throw them out the window. We get up again and try again, and sharing a little [Read More...]

Chicago’s Finest

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I am delighted by the news that Fr. Robert Barron will be the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake, outside Chicago. Fr. Barron is responsible for the top-notch Catholicism series that aired, partially, on PBS this fall. The message of this appointment is (at least to this non-seminarista): The New Evangelization [Read More...]

Paul Ryan and the Hour of the Laity

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As you know, Paul Ryan has been subject to the criticisms of a minority of Catholic bishops, questioning his commitment to Catholic social teaching in regard to budget policy-making. (George Weigel has addressed this here.) On EWTN’s The World Over last night, Raymond Arroyo asked Congressman Ryan’s bishop about his budget. Bishop Robert Morlino of [Read More...]

Are We Listening?

I sat in on parts of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences annual plenary session last week and heard what amounted to a warning to America: Don’t go the way of secularism. That’s what this fight over religious liberty we are in amounts to. In my syndicated column this week, I write: To an American [Read More...]

‘the vote of Mass-attending Catholics will be one of the high dramas in this presidential election’

Steve Wagner gives some grounded analysis of what’s happening with the so-called Catholic vote here. Is it a problem for the president? Sure looks like it could be. This White House over-reached when it issued and then doubled-down on the HHS contraceptive/sterilization/abortion mandate. Even Joe Biden saw the political trouble coming. If you are a [Read More...]

Ryan’s Hope

I just got back from Rome, where I ran into Fr. Thomas Williams at a Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences meeting at the Vatican. He is author of a most timely book, The World as It Should Be, and we discuss it here. Some of the interview: LOPEZ: Is there a single encyclical that speaks [Read More...]

‘Catholic identity is a priority.’

That quote came from Cardinal Dolan recently in a homily from his Fifth Avenue pulpit. Georgetown, inviting Kathleen Sebelius to speak at its commencement this month, says something quite different: For Georgetown, surrendering to the culture is a priority. Leading in that surrender is a priority. Catholic identity is something to be ashamed of unless [Read More...]


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