Pius XI: Stalwart witness to true order

This is the fifth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared  monthly throughout 2018. Although he surely didn’t intend it, Joseph Stalin’s cynical question — “How many

A new push for married priests?

The news that Pope Francis has set in motion the planning for an assembly of the Synod of Bishops dealing with the Amazon region next year may not strike most U.S. Catholics as a matter of great interest. But hold on —

Secular coercion

In his much-discussed indictment of secularized liberal democracy, Polish philosopher and sometime government minister Ryszard Legutko writes bitingly of the powerful and coercive “demon” he so abhors. Toward the end of “The Demon in Democracy” (Encounter Books, $23.99), he describes the problem

Benedict XV: Forgotten pope of peace

This is the fourth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared each month throughout 2018. “Are there are any Catholics here?” Given the setting — the Vatican’s

Pope St. Pius X: Fighting a changing culture

This is the third in a series that will look at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series will run in the first issue of each month throughout 2018. Coming to the throne

Leo XIII: Father of social doctrine

This is the second in a series that looks at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series ran in the first issue of each month throughout 2018. The Catholic Church has taught social

Blessed Pius IX: Transforming the papacy

This is the first in a yearlong series that  looks at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve left on the Church. The series was published in the first issue of each month throughout 2018. The pontificate of Blessed

Just war in the modern age

When Washington’s venerable National Press Club played host last spring to a panel with the eye-catching title “Cyber Attacks and Just War Theory,” its linking of an ancient ethical theory to cybersecurity reflected the contemporary relevance of just-war thinking. Of course, not

Temperance in the modern world

In Pope Francis’ continuing diagnosis of the world’s ills, elaborated on thoroughly in his most recent encyclical Laudato Si‘ (On Care for Our Common Home), consumerism — excess consumption of material goods — ranks consistently at or near the top of the