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A banjo player in a field at sunset

Why We Play

Folk music helps us to reflect on the past, build community, and refresh our spirits, ultimately speeding us along in our attempts to build a Christian culture.

Conor Kennelly
Nov 25, 2021
The Capitol Rotunda

Engaging Secular Modernity

Ryan T. Anderson and Msgr. James Shea discuss the interplay of religion, culture, and public policy, the modern antipathy towards questions of family, and preparing the next generation of informed Christians in the public square.

Dr. Ryan T. Anderson
Msgr. James P. Shea
Nov 18, 2021
The cupola of St. Peter's Basilica rises over statues of saints on the colonnade

Why Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Are Not Absolute Values

While many pundits and activists in the West see equity, diversity, and inclusion as self-evident moral truths of absolute value, closer inspection reveals that they cannot fill that role.

Most Rev. Robert Barron
Nov 11, 2021
Castel Gandolfo and Lago Albano

Castel Gandolfo

Overlooking a crater lake hidden within the hills southeast of Rome, the papal palace (and gardens and observatory) at Castel Gandolfo has provided popes a respite from Rome's summer heat.

Prime Matters
Sep 30, 2021
Tim Busch, founder of the Napa Institute

The Napa Institute and the Next America

Through liturgy, academic formation, and fraternity, the Napa Institute seeks to prepare Catholics for life and the adventure of evangelization in our current apostolic age.

Timothy R. Busch
Msgr. James P. Shea
Jul 15, 2021
Portrait of G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton's Pub and a Sacramental World

In the sixth chapter of Letters to a Young Catholic, Weigel explores Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese to reflect on the life and vision of G.K. Chesterton.

Dr. Ann Brodeur
Jul 15, 2021
The American flag hangs in the sunlight

Memorial Day, Catholic Style

As Christ himself taught that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one's friends, we remember the service rendered to us by those who gave all for our sake.

May 27, 2021
A pencil, sharpener, and notebook

American Catholic Education (and Motherhood)

One of the most impressive aspects of the American Catholic experience has been the creation and maintenance of a robust school system. That school system is now at a precarious decision point.

May 13, 2021
An empty city street

Topsy-Turvydom

While the western world refuses to reproduce, the production of embryonic human beings for experimental purposes continues to expand.

May 6, 2021
The Palace of Culture and Science and Skyline of Warsaw, Poland

A Longsuffering Witness

The dynamics of Church and State are an unendingly interesting object of study and fascination, often revealing the rugged beauty of the Church as it encounters persecution face to face.

Apr 29, 2021