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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.

Letter from Rome

No synod assembly ever has captured, even remotely, the interest of so many people around the world as the one underway right now in Rome.

Men at Work

I want my boys to keep believing there’s nothing they can’t do—but not only because they happen to be boys.

Letter from Rome

Since the Synod of Bishops was instituted in 1965, no pope has ever begun an assembly’s first working session with an address like the one Pope Francis gave.

That '70s Church

The catechesis of the 1970s became a cautionary tale, the model of what not to do in passing on the faith. For years I was sympathetic to that analysis. But now?

China & Its Challenges

China's Xi Jinping insists he will tolerate no concessions to the calls for electoral and governmental reform now being made in mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

Taking the Hit for Francis?

Those hostile to Pope Francis and how he’s governing the Vatican and church have affixed the bull’s eye on the backs of a number of people close to him.
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