The Lessons of Russian Warmaking

Four and a half months after Russia invaded Ukraine on the Orwellian pretext of displacing a “Nazi” regime — a regime that enjoys a democratic legitimacy absent from Russia for two decades — what have we learned about, and from, the Russian way of war?

Long Day’s Journeys Need Pro-Life Light

Looking into the soft brown eyes of a young girl who had seemed destined not to live made me shudder for a moment. Shudder for how easily this nation has allowed so many, many beautiful girls and handsome boys to literally miss seeing the light of day.

Dobbs and the U.S. Vindication

Prior to June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court’s most important civil rights decision was handed down on May 17, 1954. Then, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Court declared racially segregated public facilities unconstitutional, effectively reversing its 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld state-mandated segregation laws.

Msgr. Jonas Achacoso

Reform History of The Roman Curia

As Catholics, the reform of the Roman Curia is a hot topic at the moment. As of June 5, 2022, the solemnity of the Pentecost, the new apostolic constitution, Praedicate Evangelium (Preach the Gospel), for the reform of the Roman Curia, is now in effect.

My Pentecost Trip To Uvalde, Texas

I visited Uvalde, Texas on June 5, the feast of Pentecost, with a couple from the Charismatic Renewal from Austin, amid a hot sun and a temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

Demythologizing Papal Conclaves

Pope Francis’s recent announcement that he will create 21 new cardinals on August 27, 16 of whom would vote in a conclave held after that date, set off the usual flurry of speculations about the shape of the next papal election. Much of that crystal ball-gazing was less than useful, based as it was on numerous myths about conclaves.

Summer Reading on Ukraine: A Primer

Given the rubbish about Ukraine spewed out by Russian trolls and regurgitated by foolish or ideologically besotted Americans, this year’s annual Summer Reading List will focus on serious books that explain the background, including the religious dimension, of a conflict that will shape Europe’s future — and ours.

Ike’s Fly-casting Just Before D-Day

With a gracious assist from former Kansas governor Sam Brownback, I had the privilege of a personal tour of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene this past March.

Cardinal Zen And Jimmy Lai

Tertullian, the first major Christian theologian to write in Latin, is thought to have coined the maxim Semen est sanguis Christianorum, typically (and rather freely) translated as “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

Msgr. Jonas Achacoso

History of Reforms In the Roman Curia

The news was heard far back: Pope Francis was to reform the Roman Curia! From the beginning of his pontificate, the reformation project appears to be primordial in his to-do list. Rightly so, because in the last years of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the need for reform became more evident by controversies one after another.