The U.S. and its European allies have been the aggressors in this whole unnecessary confrontation. They are the ones who can call it off. There is zero gain in it.
Pope Francis has taken steps to bolster synodality and wean the universal Church from its unhealthy obsession with Vatican centralization. How has he done it?
Isn’t loyalty itself a questionable virtue that can lead people to overlook many ethical issues and to ignore more important moral callings?
"Austerity" has been the common language of the modern international economy, but is under attack now by the new interpretation of wealth accumulation and finance.
I used to think something tragic had happened to bring a person back to confession after so long, perhaps a loss or grim diagnosis. That's almost never the case.
President Obama makes it clear that he thinks it’s more important to win a long-term argument with his ideological opponents than to pretend they'll work with him.
The GOP and friends of hard work and self-sufficiency should join Obama in seeking to expand access to community colleges as much as possible.
There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons that will always be fresh.
Since the Democrats' pummeling in November's midterm elections, the president has moved forcefully to show he will use all the power he still has.
Identifying and putting together different constituencies is nothing new in politics. But in recent decades it’s become a new religion, especially among Democrats.
An American cardinal? Maybe, or maybe not: Some of Francis's choices last year were so unconventional that it’s difficult to know what he’ll do this time around.