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Trump at the Vatican: The Secret Transcript


Your Holiness, thank you for inviting me here. I am so honored. You know that a majority of American Catholics voted for me last November. It made the difference. States like Pennsylvania, Michigan. I wouldn’t be here without their support. And I am honored for that too. Some Catholics didn’t support me, of course. But […]

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How I Ended Up in David Garrow’s New Barry Bio


In the course of researching No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom, I learned that the late Chicago cardinal Joseph Bernardin helped pay for the education of Barack Obama in Saul Alinsky’s ruthless tactics. A forerunner to Pope Francis, Bernardin was a devious socialist who poured the faithful’s money into the pockets of the […]

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Pope Francis Renders Unto Cesar Chavez


The flattering headline on the Washington Post’s story this week about Pope Francis’s open-borders activism ran, “How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism.” Anti-migrant populism is the Post’s latest euphemism for the opposition of ordinary people to the violation of immigration laws. A more honest headline would have been: How Pope Francis is leading […]

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Lost on Good Friday


On Good Friday, Jesus of Nazareth’s struggle is seen in his beating and manhandling by Roman soldiers; in his long, stumbling march to the cross; and in the very public, painful, lengthy execution that was crucifixion. Yet Jesus underwent another struggle that accompanied the physical one and that was every bit as cruel. The night […]

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The Humanity of Holy Week


Is there a more unsettling day on the Christian calendar than Palm Sunday? The enduring quietude of Lent suddenly breaks, the somber music gives way to “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” and we, the agents of Christ’s crucifixion, jubilantly welcome him to the city where he is soon to die, actors caught up in a […]

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Pilate of the Modern Soul


Christians, who celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this weekend, still don’t know what to make of Pontius Pilate, one of the major players in the climactic scenes of the greatest story ever told. Religious conviction motivates high priest Caiaphas. Greed pushes betrayer Judas. Cowardice compels fair-weather friend Peter. What makes Pilate tick? The […]

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Rod Dreher’s Rx for Christians


Pretty much everybody who reads The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher’s Rx for Christians flailed and battered by modernity, walks away with a tenacious opinion about the book — ranging from “Praise the Lord” to “What’s this guy talking about?”

I see this a high compliment to the accomplished Dreher, blogger and editor for the American Conservative magazine, who has the gift of disgorging well-reasoned sentences and paragraphs faster than many of us can articulate a Starbucks order.

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As a Religion, Chinese Communism Has Failed: Rising Persecution Will Fail Too


President Xi Jinping’s China is becoming a more fearful place. The government has cracked down both on dissent and contact with the West. Religious persecution also is rising: the Communist god that failed fears competition. A new Freedom House report, “The Battle for China’s Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping,” details how […]

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Rogue One: Empire of Evil and the Rise of Hope


Alongside the advent of Eastertide and springtime has come the digital, DVD, and Blu-ray release of the highly acclaimed Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (85% Rotten Tomatoes, 3.5/4 Rolling Stone). All in all, an engaging sci-fi tale that is gutsier and grungier than any previous Star Wars flick, and that’s a […]

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Mike Pence, Crazypants


A word or four about Mike Pence and his marriage: His body, his choice. Lots of feminist frothing over the following sentences in a Washington Post story about Karen Pence, Mike Pence’s wife: “In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t […]

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