Ralph McInerny

Kids in Defense of the Culture

The shock troops against Conservatism, Inc. have arrived. Witness the rise of the groypers. These cowboys sent people ducking beneath barstools the moment they set a spurred boot in the Culture War saloon. It has been amusing, to say the least, but not everyone is laughing. Some have even warned that the pale rider of [...]

Memories of Michael Novak

In 1992 I read a column in Crisis by the magazine publisher who warned, “no one should doubt that ... this election is a choice between two radically opposite national directions. The outcome will deeply affect the public life of Catholics.” The author of that column, Michael Novak, will be remembered for his stellar achievements. He [...]

Remembering Ralph McInerny

My office holds many treasured keepsakes—a wedding photo, my children’s baptismal candles, and a fiftieth anniversary picture of my parents.  In sight of where I write is also a picture of a young man and an old man, a joyful 26-year-old wearing doctoral robes for the first time and a man of about 70 clad [...]

On Being a Catholic Writer

Many Catholic writers have balked at being called that. They were Catholic and they wrote, all right, but they didn't want to be read as if the point of their fiction was a religious message. As if you could earn an indulgence by reading them. And maybe they didn't like the prospective company. There used [...]

Theology of Liberation: Two Roman Documents

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published two documents on liberation theology, one in 1984, "Instruction on Certain Aspects of Liberation Theology" and another in 1986, "Christian Liberty and Liberation." The first concentrates on those aspects which appear insufficiently developed, in particular the Marxist conception of class struggle. The second is much [...]

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