Phil Lawler

Revenge of the Neo-Jacobins

Some mock America’s statue-smashers as ignoramuses who do not know what they are doing or why. But there are very good reasons why we see monuments cast down all over the West, including the United States. Let’s not wave this off as mindless stupidity. The radical rule is that the more you destroy, the more [...]

The “Francis Effect” Five Years Out

In his recent book on Pope Francis, Lost Shepherd, Philip Lawler reminds us that the papacy should be a source of Church unity. However, as Lawler points out, under the current pontiff this is not so. He lays out two reasons why: the first is Francis’s autocratic style and the second is the divisive program [...]

What to expect from the papal visit

Over at Catholic Culture, Phil Lawler offers five things we can expect from Benedict's trip to the UK (which begins tomorrow). Among things like the "nasty rhetoric" and criticism of the organizers that we've already seen, one item stood out -- and gave me hope for the visit: 4. Expect the unexpected  Pope Benedict has [...]

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