The Price of Papal Popularity

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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 …

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Is Putin One of Us

Is Putin One of Us?

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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, …

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Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?

Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?

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“Pope Francis doesn’t want cultural warriors; he doesn’t want ideologues,” said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.: “The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep.” Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide …

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Post v. Putin -- Whose Side Are You On

Post v. Putin — Whose Side Are You On?

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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 …

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The Pope and Godless Capitalism

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“This is called slave labor,” said Pope Francis. The Holy Father was referring to the $40 a month paid to apparel workers at that eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed on top of them, killing more than 400. “Not paying a just wage … focusing exclusively on the balance …

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Pope Francis — Against the West?

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“The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith,” wrote Hilaire Belloc after that bloodbath we call World War I. “Either Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish.” By 1938, Belloc concluded Christian Europe was done: “The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final …

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