Glenn W. Olsen

Glenn W. Olsen a Professor of History at the University of Utah, with a Ph.D. in the history of the Middle Ages. He has contributed numerous articles to many historical journals, including Communio and Logos, and is also the author of the book Christian Marriage: A Historical Study (2001).

recent articles

American Catholics and the Social Encyclicals

In an unusually outrageous essay in the August, 1983, issue of this journal, Michael Novak informs us that “the American social system is morally superior to any historical Catholic social system, whether of the Vatican or of any Catholic state.” This is the kind of statement one finds all too commonly on freshman exams, written … Read more

The Twilight of Socialism

Kenneth Woodward titles a recent article on John Paul II in Newsweek (June 20, 1983), “The Vision of a Socialist Pope,” and provocatively contrasts John Paul’s purported socialism with Pius XI’s statement that “No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true socialist.” In the body of his article, Woodward … Read more

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