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Clinton's Convention vs. Trump's

Clinton has to cut through the politics of fear to persuade voters that she and her party still offer credible hope for the working class.
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Letter from Rome

Pope Francis may have named Fr. Pizzaballa an archbishop and temporary seat-holder of a patriarchate precisely in order to succeed the ambitious Cardinal Scola.
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Misericordia in the Internet Age

Online media in the wake of tragedy could be doing something good. It may be a modern means of activating an ancient genre: a particular subset of human sorrow.
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A Church for Peace?

Church teaching about the use of force is paradoxical. “Just peace”—not just war—should be the distinguishing mark and calling of the global Catholic Church.
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Trumpism's Ideological Wasteland

Trumpism is an ideological wasteland where anger is the only point and winning is the only objective. This GOP convention is what the wasteland looks like.
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The Presidential Popularity Problem

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both need to boost their popularity, but Clinton has more room to grow. History tells us she could get that boost.

Europe After Brexit

The British referendum revealed the weakness of the political establishment. The phenomenon points to the opening of a new chapter in Europe's post-war history.

How Did We Get Here?

Where is a compelling vision of human well-being? Missing is the sense that “we are all really responsible for all.” This feeds into the hands of people like Trump.

Only the Next Step

The tensions within Orthodoxy are partly theological. But there is also a more worldly clash of interests, including the rivalry between Constantinople and Moscow.

False Choices & Religious Liberty

Religious liberty has a damaged “brand” these days, and Catholic institutions have played a role. The nation's largest church now needs to lower the temperature.

In the Hands of an Angry Electorate

We need to name the anger of voters but in the restrained rhetoric of the common good. Would the cures offered by Trump and Sanders prove worse than the disease?
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Letter from Rome

Criticism and applause for Francis's newly created process to try bishops accused of covering up sex abuse; Where have certain "bad" bishops from the U.S. ended up?
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