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Charles J. Reid, Jr.
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Charles J. Reid, Jr., has degrees in canon law and civil law from the Catholic University of America; and a Ph.D. in medieval history from Cornell University. He was raised in a union household in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Milwaukee with degrees in classical languages and history.

Entries by Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Philosophical Divisions Emerge

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:27 PM

One of these days it will happen, Donald Trump will chew the head off of a bat and Ben Carson will reattach it.

I am joking of course. The Republican debate of November 10 represents an important turning point in this season's campaign trajectory. For it was on Tuesday night...

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Ross Douthat and the Meaning of History

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 7:11 PM

In a series of columns and blog entries at the New York Times website and in his recent Erasmus lecture, Ross Douthat has written of his desire to defend the Catholic Church from what he genuinely fears to be a papacy introducing unwarranted novelties into doctrine and practice. Although Douthat...

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Anti-Governmentalism: The Third Republican Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:29 PM

"Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer and heart disease." Cure these chronic illnesses, Governor Mike Huckabee informed his audience at the third Republican debate, held October 28, 2015, and "we" can solve our issues with Medicare.

What a missed opportunity for leadership! In presidential campaigns from an older, more confident era, the candidate...

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Seriously. Is the GOP Establishment Failing?

(131) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 6:17 PM

This is an important question. Indeed, the dominant news story of the 2015/2016 election cylcle might well prove to be the steady implosion of the Republican Party establishment.

At the risk of painting with a very broad brush, we should begin by defining the difference between establishment and insurgent Republicans....

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Was the Pope Played?

(12) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:36 PM

The news that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis raises a series of questions that must be answered urgently. Let's begin with trying to understand what happened. And so we should ask: Did Pope Francis know who Kim Davis is? Was he aware of the consequences that were sure to...

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How Will Pope Francis Change America?

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 4:34 PM

When Pope John Paul II visited Poland in June, 1979, he set in motion a chain of events that altered the direction of world affairs. His visit emboldened the non-violent resistance to the Soviet presence in Poland. A mere decade later, the Cold War was over, as people throughout Eastern...

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The Night the GOP Establishment Lost

(219) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:22 PM

There was a loser in CNN's Republican debate held on September 16 and that loser was the Republican establishment. Jeb Bush entered the race last summer as the hundred-million-dollar man. His campaign was -- and remains -- heavily supported by the nation's financial elites. It helps, after all, to be...

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No Refuge in Scripture or In Law: Why Kim Davis Must Do Her Job, Resign, or Remain In Jail

(55) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, claims to be a Christian. I shall take her at her word. And taking her at her word, I believe that her position lacks both biblical and constitutional merit. She should either do her...

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What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 7:15 PM

There is a rising tide of nativism washing over the United States at this particular moment. We have seen such waves recurrently in our history. In the 1840s, it was the Know-Nothings, who hated Catholics and opposed Irish immigration and were even responsible for riots and other acts of violence.

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Big Money In Politics: Republican Debate Edition

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Donald Trump was the center of attention in Thursday evening's (August 6) Republican debate, and he was everything one expected him to be. He was crude, he was sexist, he was condescending and insulting -- not just to the American public, but to other nations and allies. He even picked...

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큰 동물 사냥이 그토록 혐오스러운 이유

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 7:06 PM

*허핑턴포스트US의 블로거이자, 세인트 토마스 대학의 법학교수인 'Charles J. Reid, Jr'의 글을 번역한 것입니다.

이 사진들은 슬프고 그로테스크하다. 미국인 치과 의사와 가이드가 사자 세실의 시체 위에서 씩 웃고 있다. 우리의 동정심은 곧바로 사냥의 피해자인 사자에게 향한다. 세계의 멋진 동물들을 죽여 혐오감을 불러일으킨 미국인은 세실을 죽인 치과 의사 월터 파머가 처음이...

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The Democrats Need a Horse Race

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 6:29 PM

The Democratic Party needs a horse race for its presidential nomination for 2016. They require the energy that a serious multi-candidate field brings to the electoral cycle. Primary campaigns, after all, ought to do the following things for a political party: They should frame and focus the campaign on the...

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Why Is Big-Game Hunting So Repulsive?

(22) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 5:25 PM

The pictures are sad and grotesque. An American dentist and his guide grinning over the remains of Cecil the Lion. Our sympathies run directly to the victim of the hunt, the lion. Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil, is not the first American to ignite disgust over the slaughter...

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Bernie Sanders' Old-Time Religion

(15) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:52 PM

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is this summer's campaign phenomenon. Consider the crowds he is drawing. In Madison, Wisconsin, he recently attracted a crowd of nearly 10,000 raucous, enthusiastic supporters. This on a beautiful summer's evening when many Wisconsinites are at the lake or on vacation. And in Iowa,...

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Confederate Ideology and the Second Amendment

(205) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 7:54 PM

It is all to the good that the Confederate flag is now being seen as odious and hateful by most Americans. It truly has been a symbol of hate and injustice going all the way back. In the Civil War it was used to rally slave-holders and their sympathizers to...

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Pope Francis, the Common Good and Global Climate Change

(68) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 5:16 PM

It is a line repeated with tiresome regularity in right-wing circles: Pope Francis has no business proposing solutions to the crisis of global climate change. He is not a scientist, they say. He should stick to morals and to matters of faith and doctrine.

Pope Francis' defenders point out that...

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The Irish Referendum and the Future of Catholicism

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 4:25 PM

Ireland is a Catholic country. The Church has filled a leading role in society not only in modern times, but ever since the early middle ages. One need only think of St. Patrick and St. Bridget, the great monasteries, and the beautiful works of art and literature like the Book...

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Can You Trump That?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Donald Trump has teased the voting public before. He has flirted several times with the possibility of running for president. In 2012, he even rose to near the top of some early opinion polls. Each time, however, Trump backed away from an actual candidacy. Indeed, there are many who believe...

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Does He Have a Prayer? Mike Huckabee Runs for President

(58) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 10:51 AM

In 2008, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas made a strong run for the Republican nomination for president. He won the Iowa caucus and carried over four million popular votes across the length of the Republican primary. In the wake of the nominating contest, there were even some commentators who suggested...

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What Genesis Says About Marriage: It's Not What You Think

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 8:11 PM

There are many Christians, especially fundamentalists, who remain convinced that the Book of Genesis establishes life-long monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the sole biblically-approved form of marital union. This is a viewpoint shared by popular writers and even some academics.

To justify this claim, fundamentalists select...

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