Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Attorney General William Barr in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., April 1, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
Executing child murderers does not make Bill Barr any less pro-life.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C atholics, says Attorney General William Barr, “understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.”

Saccharine? Perhaps. But this remark from Barr’s now-infamous Notre Dame speech summarizes the faith of a man whose public Catholicism has for decades emphasized both sexual morality and personal charity. Discipline and virtue — words that read like dog whistles to modernists and other subversives in the Catholic hierarchy — are central to Barr’s faith. To Barr, Christ’s “yoke is easy” precisely because “taking up your cross” is not — it is the rigor of virtue that unlocks the simplicity of Christian


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