What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?

What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments surrounded Putin, who, standing alone, made the sign of the cross. Meanwhile, sacred vestments […]

Can a Pope Change Moral Truth?

Can a Pope Change Moral Truth?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan That joking retort we heard as children, “Is the pope Catholic?” is starting to look like a serious question. Asked five years ago about a “gay lobby” in the Vatican, Pope Francis responded, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” As […]

Does the Pope Believe in Hell?

Does the Pope Believe in Hell?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are they punished?” Bad souls “are not punished,” Pope Francis is […]

Anti-Catholics & Elitist Bigots

Anti-Catholics & Elitist Bigots


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Will Hillary Clinton clean out the nest of anti-Catholic bigots in her inner circle? Or is anti-Catholicism acceptable in her crowd? In a 2011 email on which Clinton campaign chief John Podesta was copied, John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress that Podesta founded, trashed Rupert Murdoch for […]

Is the Pope Toying with Heresy?

Is the Pope Toying with Heresy?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times? This is the deeper question behind the issues that convulsed the three-week synod on the family of the 250 Catholic bishops in Rome that ended Saturday. A year ago, German Cardinal Walter Kasper called on the church to change […]

Is Capitalism Diabolic?

Is Capitalism Diabolic?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s […]

The Price of Papal Popularity

The Price of Papal Popularity


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley’s boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park. But, on Oct. 13, there emanated from the Synod on the Family in Rome a 12-page […]

Is Putin One of Us?

Is Putin One of Us?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative? In the culture war for mankind’s future, is he one of us? While such a question may be blasphemous in Western circles, consider the content of the Russian president’s state of the nation address. With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, “In many countries today, moral […]

Post v. Putin — Whose Side Are You On?

Post v. Putin — Whose Side Are You On?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The culture war has gone global. And the divisions are not only between, but within nations. “Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law,” wailed Jay Leno. “I mean, this seems like Germany. Let’s round up the Jews. Let’s round up the gays. … I mean, it starts like that.” Leno was speaking […]

Obama’s Remaking of America


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by Patrick J. Buchanan Anyone who believes America’s culture wars are behind her should have started out Friday reading The Washington Times. The headlines on the three top stories on page one read: “California judges asked to say if they are gay.” “‘Tebow Bill‘ for home-schoolers dies in Virginia Senate panel.” “Opt-out on birth control […]

Anti-Catholicism and the Times


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Anti-Catholicism,” said writer Peter Viereck, “is the anti-Semitism of the intellectual.” It is “the deepest-held bias in the history of the American people,” said Arthur Schlesinger Sr.