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The Hill You Die On

One idiom is showing up more often lately, as people claim that the gene therapy device speciously known as The Vaccine is “the hill they will die on,” especially as mandates close in on people’s livelihoods and children’s safety. Consider this post from @TheEX_ERnurse: “A woman bled out in front of my eyes after the [...]

A “powerless” pope?

At Our Sunday Visitor, our friend and longtime Vatican analyst Russell Shaw says Pope Benedict XVI's new book-length interview reveals a pontiff who understands his role, and its limitations. When Seewald says the Catholic Church’s membership of 1.2 billion and its geographical extension throughout the world make him “the most powerful pope of all time,” [...]

Ending Clericalism: An Inside Catholic Symposium

Is clericalism still a problem in the Catholic Church, and if so, what do we do about it? We put that question to prominent Catholics of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Here are their answers. Today, Inside Catholic concludes its multi-part, multi-week examination of clericalism in the Catholic Church. These items have already appeared: "On Clericalism," [...]

On Reverse Clericalism

  A few days ago, Russell Shaw offered a thoughtful look at some of the causes, manifestations, and effects of what has been known as "clericalism": a spiritual and ecclesiastical "caste system" in which the few elite clergy are presumed to enjoy a native superiority -- in authority and due respect, in level of and [...]

Jesuit General: The Road Ahead

Jesuit spokesmen, both official and unofficial, rallied promptly -- and properly -- in support of their newly elected superior general, Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., calling him a holy and highly intelligent man and a natural choice for his new job. What they neglected to say, on the record at least, is that Pope Benedict XVI's [...]

The Iraq Debate: Russell Shaw’s Closing Statement

This is the fourth of a four-part debate between Robert R. Reilly and Russell Shaw on the question, "Was the Iraq War just?"   Five quick comments: 1. My thanks to Bob Reilly for making my point: UN weapons inspectors were back in Iraq months before the U.S.-led invasion. That Saddam Hussein wasn't happy is [...]

The Iraq Debate: Robert R. Reilly’s Closing Statement

This is the fourth of a four-part debate between Robert R. Reilly and Russell Shaw on the question, "Was the Iraq War just?"   It simply will not do to demote the importance of enforcing treaties at the end of wars to some kind of adolescent "need to save face." After World War I, the [...]

The Iraq Debate: Russell Shaw’s First Response

This is the third of a four-part debate between Robert R. Reilly and Russell Shaw on the question, "Was the Iraq War just?" I take no pleasure disagreeing with an admirable individual like Bob Reilly over the merits of a cause to which he's as passionately committed as he is to the war in Iraq. [...]

The Iraq Debate: Robert Reilly’s First Response

This is the third of a four-part debate between Robert R. Reilly and Russell Shaw on the question, "Was the Iraq War just?" Russell Shaw is an eminently reasonable man, so I am not surprised that he acknowledges that the differences between our two positions are based not on principles but on the wisdom of [...]

The Iraq Debate: The War Was Unjust

This is the second of a four-part debate between Robert R. Reilly and Russell Shaw on the question, "Was the Iraq War just?" Sometime in late 2002 I composed a sort of mantra that I then took to repeating to family and friends: "I watched the first Gulf War in 1991 on TV in a [...]

The Iraq Debate: The War Was Just

This is the first round of a 4 part debate between Robert R. Reilly and Russell Shaw on the question, "Was the Iraq war just?"   Saddam Hussein's regime was evil and it threatened vital U.S. national security interests. Its extirpation achieved a great good, the final accomplishment of which is still in the balance [...]

Under the Ban: Modernism, Then and Now

On July 3, 1907, in a decree bearing the lachrymose Latin title Lamentabili, the Vatican's Holy Office, predecessor of today's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, condemned 65 propositions that it had found contrary to Catholic orthodoxy. Pope Pius X followed up two months later, on September 8, with an encyclical named Pascendi Dominici [...]

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