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Why We Love Churchill


It turns out that next month I shall be in Bavaria with a few days to meander around, and the thought occurred that I should visit the battlefield at Blenheim. Up until the advent of air power in the 20th century, battles were often determined by geography, and visiting them always provides greater insight to what transpired. I have never mastered German, and have asked a friend to research whether or not there is much to see. But, this train of thought led me to pull Churchill's "Life of Marlborough" from the shelves of my library.

The Protests in Missouri


Until last night, the scenes from Fallujah, Missouri – excuse me, I mean Ferguson, Missouri – were difficult even to watch. These were not standard fare “heavily armed police officers,” of the kind we see here in Washington at inauguration time or when a foreign leader of a volatile nation comes to visit. The images seemed to suggest an invasion was afoot.

Income Inequality Debate Continues


I am not sure we can credit Pope Francis with the renewed national focus on income inequality. Just as the “Francis Effect” on Catholics is the result of two factors – his remarkable personality and the continued hunger of ordinary people for the Gospel – so, too, the traction of the income inequality debate comes both from some important people talking about it and from the hunger of ordinary people for a more just society.

Vox Nova & the Challenge of the RC Blogosphere


Over at Vox Nova, Morning's Minion looks at the genesis and development of that blog, and confronts a principal challenge we ace in the Catholic blogosphere, especially for those of us on the left-of-center. In objecting to the acrimony caused by the wedding of orthodox Catholicism with a crimped, Republican orthodoxy, we have had to engage in some acrimony of our own.


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December 2-15, 2016