The Real History of Antifa

By Kyle Shideler, 06.03.2020 The dark history of the radical Left's enforcement arm. With riots and civil unrest metastasizing across the United States, the president declared he intends to designate Antifa as a terrorist group. Predictably, the talking heads rushed out to declare that... read more

No, Jesus Wasn’t a Socialist

Christian charity, being voluntary and heartfelt, is utterly distinct from the compulsory, impersonal mandates of the state. By Lawrence Reed, Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), January 5, 2020 The claim that Jesus Christ was a socialist has become a popular refrain among liberals,... read more

How Santa Survived the Soviet Era

Of all the variations on the beloved character, Russia’s Ded Moroz might have the strangest history By Dan Nosowitz, Atlas Obscura, December 19, 2019 THERE ARE VERSIONS OF THE character widely known as Santa Claus throughout northern, central, and eastern Europe—all large, bearded men... read more

Scalfari Book Exposes Young Bergoglio’s Communist Leanings

by Jules Gomes  •  •  November 21, 2019    Pope Francis: 'It is the communists who think like Christians' VATICAN ( - Pope Francis has confessed to being profoundly influenced by communism when discerning his... read more

There’s a Pony in Here Somewhere: A Post-Synodal Reflection

By George Weigel, First Things, October 28, 2019 According to his longtime consigliere, Edwin Meese, President Ronald Reagan must have told the “pony joke” at least a thousand times. The story involves the super-optimistic child whose parents take him to a psychiatrist, along with his... read more

Chinese Totalitarianism and Catholic Witness

By Thomas Farr, September 21, 2019 “The current assault on religion in China under President Xi Jinping is the most comprehensive attempt to manipulate and control religious communities since the Cultural Revolution.” Or so I argued in congressional testimony [1] last fall. Part of Xi’s... read more

Pan-Amazon Pandemonium

By William Kirkpatrick, Crisis, July 23, 2019 There’s a funny scene in Oklahoma in which Curly sings a slyly mocking song about Jud Fry, the menacing hired hand. Curly assures Jud that though people dislike him now, they’ll miss him when he’s gone. To make the point, he imagines Jud’s... read more

Bastille Day: Blood, Death, and Exterminating the Beautiful

By Laramie Hirsch, OnePeterFive, July 15, 2019 This week’s Bastille Day in Paris featured a man flying around on a brand new flyboard prototype, designed by inventor Franky Zapata. This “future soldier” buzzed through the air above the crowds and underneath a sky clouded in the colors... read more

Trump Hails Pope John Paul for Helping Tear Down ‘Iron Curtain of Communism’

BY THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. President Donald Trump commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s first trip to Poland, calling him Sunday “a champion for human dignity and religious liberty.” In a Presidential Message released on June 2 “in Commemoration of the 40th... read more

It’s Not Enough to Listen to the Young

By William Kilpatrick, April 9, 2019 In his new exhortation on youth, Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive), Pope Francis returns again and again to the theme that the Church must listen to youth. Although Christus Vivit contains much that is inspiring and even moving, the good parts are often... read more

Pope Francis’s Socialist Agenda

By William Kilpatrick, March 11, 2019 Watching Bernie Sanders’s speech announcing his candidacy for president, it struck me that—except for the part about a woman’s right to choose—Pope Francis would have found himself in agreement with just about every item on the aging socialist... read more

Squandering Moral Capital

On Being Catholic Modern