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The Contradictions of Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Moving from political obscurity as the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to the media’s flavor-of-the-month Democratic presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced last week that his campaign has raised over $7 million since launching his exploratory committee in January. “Mayor Pete,” as he has asked his constituents to call him, is the first of [...]

Cardinal Sarah’s Liturgical Reform Meets Resistance

It has been said that Rome thinks in centuries. In the present age, however, it seems that Rome reacts in days. So Cardinal Sarah learned following a July 5 address on the liturgy, as the Vatican issued a clarification meant to quash speculation about the possibility of new enactments from Rome that would affect liturgical norms [...]

No Cheap Churches

In this Crisis Magazine classic, Rev. Michael Enright outlines the features of a truly Catholic church building... and no, churches-in-the-round don't qualify.     In about 10 A.D. the Roman writer Vitrivus wrote that there are three qualities for good building, "venustas, firmitas et utilitas" -- delight, firmness, and utility. What happens when these criteria [...]

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