Philip F. Lawler

Philip F. Lawler is the editor of Catholic World News ( and the author of The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston’s Catholic Culture (Encounter).

Religion Is Not the Enemy


Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians: The Religious Roots of Free Societies By Marcello Pera (Encounter Books, 224 pages, $23.95) You were taught that pious platitude that you can’t judge a book by its cover. But the truth is that usually you can. This one, for instance, looked easy. You read the title: Why We […]

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Return to Lepanto


Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy By John Julius Norwich (Random House, 528 pages, $30) In his eccentric history of the papacy, Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich is just hitting his stride when he mentions in passing the “hideous persecutions… instituted by the violently anti-Christian Marcus Aurelius, a philosopher-emperor who should have known better.” Now […]

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The Lion as Catholic


True Compass: A Memoir By Edward M. Kennedy (Twelve, 532 pages, $35) “The state and city of my birth are extensions of myself and my family,” Sen. Ted Kennedy writes in his memoir, True Compass. I think this sentence is an error: one of remarkably few editorial lapses in a book that was rushed to […]

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