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Letter from Rome

If people paid attention to what Francis says – including bishops and cardinals, even retired – they would not be confused about where he wants to move the church.

Obama Heightens the Contradictions

Obama’s decision to back away from a policy of separating families of undocumented immigrants brings utterly contradictory responses from Republicans and Democrats.

Don't Beatify Us

The press and the public prefer to make parents of disabled kids into saints, and to accept and justify whatever actions those parents choose to take.

Letter from Rome

The highlight of an upcoming three-day sojourn will be a visit to the Phanar, the Istanbul home of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.

Obama & the Other Electorate

Obama is paying attention to the tens of millions of voters who supported him two years ago and are hoping he'll show them political engagement is worth the effort.

Letter from Rome

After eleven weeks, the prefect’s chair at the CDW remains without a head. For a major Curia office to be vacant so long is unprecedented in contemporary history.

Don't Govern on Fantasies

The prevailing view among conservatives: The GOP's central goal should be to spend two more years making Obama look bad.

Letter from Rome

What purpose could there be for a three-day meeting touted as an “interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman”? Opposition to same-sex unions.

Married to the Past

Laws that once upheld the "traditional views" of marriage social conservatives advocate were dismantled piece by piece because they inflicted other moral costs.

No Alternative to Hope

Barack Obama has always been right that joining the fray requires hope. So it is all the more dispiriting that Americans seem to be fed up with the whole thing.

Letter from Rome

Only nineteen months have passed since Francis became pope. So much has happened it's easy to forget how different things might be if not for his personality.

The Blue-Collar Imperative

Republicans have been effective at turning the anger that working-class whites feel about being left behind against liberals, Democrats, and President Obama.
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