John F. Cullinan

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Mixed Messages for Multiple Audiences

President Obama’s characteristic ambivalence about American purpose and power was the unstated theme running through last night’s Oval Office address. As is often the case, what the president actually said ...

Iraq’s Holy Innocents

Spare a thought — and perhaps also a prayer — for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians, who yesterday observed the somber Feast of the Holy Innocents. Perhaps nowhere else does this particular ...

Better than Expected

Give credit where credit is due: President Obama’s Nobel address marks a modest, welcome, and long overdue reaffirmation of American purpose and power as the essential underpinning of a more ...
Politics & Policy

A Tale of Two Countries

Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly 60 years ago this week, international human rights have traveled along an unhappy trajectory. ...
Politics & Policy

Basic Divisions Emerge

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series. The first piece can be read here. This month’s Catholic-Muslim Forum at the Vatican highlighted several basic divisions between the two ...
Politics & Policy

Be Honest, Joe

J oe Biden has long been accustomed to having it both ways. One moment he’s wearing his Catholic faith on his sleeve, the next he’s thumbing his nose at basic ...