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Learning in . . . and from the Past

Organized Western education arose most directly from the studia generalia of European monastic communities. The studia were open to monks…


American Storyteller: Ahmari’s “The Unbroken Thread”

Sohrab Ahmari was born in Tehran and, at 13, immigrated with his family to the United States.  After law school,…


Joe Biden and the Bishops after 100 Days

To what shall we compare the first 100 days of our “devout” Catholic president? In an unforgettable moment, Bishop Marcelo…


Knots: “Roe v. Wade,” the Movie

In a 1989 TV movie, Roe vs. Wade, Holly Hunter played “Ellen Russell” and Amy Madigan was Sarah Weddington, the…


Astronomer of the Spirit

During John Paul II’s history-making 1998 visit to Cuba, I was at lunch in a Havana paladar with various Americans…


Leonardo’s “Last Supper”

Sometime between 1495 and 1496, Leonardo da Vinci painted one of Western art’s true masterpieces: The Last Supper. His then-patron,…


The Church Visible

I was reading a fine First Things column by Fr. Hans Feichtinger, about Germany’s “Synodal Way,” in which he used…


A Catholic Cathedral: “A Sort of World”

Unless there’s a last-minute change of orders in the hours between this being written and the opening of St. Peter’s…


RIP Jude Dougherty

Jude Patrick Dougherty (1930-2021), the legendary dean of the Catholic University of America (CUA) School of Philosophy, was buried on…


“Practicing” Catholics

That we even have the term “practicing Catholic” is revealing. Despite living in New York for the last forty-four years,…