The Catholic Difference

A century after the Armistice

The Great War destroyed Western confidence in traditional authorities and bred a deep skepticism of, and even contempt for, “the great and the good” that remains a factor in our public life.
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The Summer Reading List

The vacation season is an opportunity to escape TwitterWorld and do some serious reading. These books will help make your summer enjoyable, instructive, or both.
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‘Roe v. Wade’ Derangement Syndrome

The defense of the indefensible leads to rage, and rage becomes a form of madness.
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Memory, identity and patriotism

National identity is a precious thing, but it can only lead to a true civic patriotism if it deals with history honestly.
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Conscience and grace: A Lenten meditation

Lent calls us to embrace the humility of the Gospel publican and confess that we have sinned, knowing that God’s mercy can heal what is broken in us if we cooperate with his grace. 
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Men without conviction, churches without people

Christianity is dying in western Europe. But the Gospel has power, and those who believe that, and preach it in the conviction that it can transform and ennoble lives, can still get a hearing.
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

If you’ve not read it, this silver jubilee is a good occasion to do so. Then share the Catechism with a friend.  
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It’s a culture war, stupid

To reduce a human being to an object whose value is measured by “utility” is to destroy one of the building blocks of the democratic order – the moral truth that the American Declaration of Independence calls the “inalienable” right to “life.”
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Way beyond the New Atheist nonsense

The Bible teaches that God impressed his intelligibility onto the world through creation by the Word.
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