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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.

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The Modern Papacy and War

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:29 PM

It did not receive nearly the attention it should have. In the last five weeks, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the Holy See's chief diplomatic representative to the United Nations, has issued calls for organized military responses against Boko Haram and against ISIS. In both cases, he spoke...

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The Greening of Pope Francis

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Pope Francis is poised, within the next two or three months, to announce one of the signature documents of his papacy, an encyclical on climate change. And we can hope and pray that it will be "world-changing" in the very best sense of that expression.

If he sticks to the...

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No Evolution Deniers in the White House

(416) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 1:28 PM

The 2016 presidential campaign is already upon us and the debate is heating up over an unexpected issue -- the theory of evolution. Of course, in an ideal world, evolution would never really become a campaign issue. But the anti-science wing of the Republican Party continues...

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President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:34 AM

James Gilmore, the former Virginia Governor, has it wrong. Indeed, Governor Gilmore committed a categorical falsehood. What did Governor Gilmore say? He pretended to speak for all Christians when he declared that President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast "offended every believing Christian in the United States." I am...

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Pope Francis and Rabbits

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:32 PM

On the flight back to Rome from the Philippines, the papal spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, indicated that Pope Francis was ready for another of his now famous airplane press conferences. And this one did not disappoint. He covered a number of topics, including his future travel plans to the United...

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Pope for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:09 AM

The holiday season is always a good time to take stock of the year just past and see what we might anticipate in the 12 months to come. In the case of Pope Francis, it is fair to say that a great deal went well. And not only Catholics but...

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Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis

(191) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:56 AM

There is a growing crisis haunting the Catholic Church. And it is a crisis larger than the events that have so greatly afflicted the American Catholic Church. The pedophilia scandals are a horrifying element of this crisis. So, too, are the bishops who covered up and excused these outrages. And...

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Pope Francis Speaks to Europe -- and the World

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Popes are not merely the head of a Church. Because they are the spiritual leader of a billion people, popes also have a role to play in shaping and forming global order. And historically, there have been popes who have used this position to change the direction of world events....

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Post Card From the Fringe: Right-Wing Dissidents Against Pope Francis

(129) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:01 PM

The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown. The self-proclaimed leader of the resistance movement has become Cardinal Raymond Burke. To understand both the nature...

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This Changes Everything

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The Vatican report issued Monday, October 13, is a preliminary document, intended to mark the halfway point of a synod convened to discuss the family. Documents like that aren't supposed to excite passions. They're supposed to be sleepy, soporific, committee-crafted documents meant to reveal little. They are not...

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The Carnage Continues: Catholic Schools Are Still Firing Gay Teachers

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:07 PM

It is September. The days grow a little shorter. There is that hint of fall crispness in the air. And, of course, it is back-to-school season.

And if it is back-to-school time, then it must also be time for that very sad, very sorry, and utterly needless ritual that we...

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Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Quite properly, journalistic reaction to events in Ferguson, Missouri, has focused on the militarization of the police, on the role of racism in the killing of unarmed African-American men, and on the political disenfranchisement that allows communities like Ferguson to operate in obvious defiance of public sentiment.

But there is...

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God and the Multiverse

(15) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:52 AM

In a broad sense of that term, reading Max Tegmark'sOur Mathematical Universe is akin to a religious experience. I would not be at all surprised if Tegmark felt a similar sense of excitement in writing this massively learned yet wonderfully accessible book. For by the book's close, he found himself...

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A Pope and an Atheist Sit Down for a Chat

(7) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Eugenio Scalfari, aged 90, is truly one of the grand old men of Italian politics and journalism. Trained as a lawyer, he has been active in Italian Socialist causes since World War II and edited and/or founded two of Italy's most influential newspapers -- L'Espresso and La Repubblica.

He has...

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No One 'Does Catholic' Like the Nuns on the Bus

(108) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 10:34 AM

When we think of Pope Francis, what ideas come to mind? Above all else, he stresses love of neighbor. And this love is made manifest in many ways. He speaks prophetically to the rich in their temples of wealth and precincts of privilege. He reminds them that "we...

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The Reconciliation of Science and Religion: We Can Do Better

(40) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 1:43 PM

The reconciliation of science and religion is one of the most compelling tasks confronting religious believers today. For we are truly faced with a pair of hostile, warring camps. Many religious believers have drifted into a kind of pietistic mistrust of science that seeks comfort in demonstrably false propositions like...

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Religious Progressives Confront the Sociopathic Economy

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:47 PM

How do we describe a sociopath? It is someone who has no regard for the well-being of others. Someone who looks only to his own needs and treats other people as mere instrumentalities, as means to achieving personal gratification. It is someone who acts with cold calculation. Someone who is...

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Brains, Guns, and Preventable Murder

(7) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 8:23 PM

The Isla Vista mass murder was a preventable tragedy. It was the destruction of innocent life without need or reason. It is proof, as if more proof were needed, that we are past the time to break the nexus between guns, murder, and mental illness. And we should do that...

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The Culture War and the Self-Destruction of Catholic Schools

(52) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Let's begin with a basic premise: The culture war is bad for the life of the mind. And let us consider why: If education is the life of the mind, then the food upon which the mind feasts is the asking of questions.

"Why?" That single word is the...

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Catholics and Religious Progressivism

(6) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Our Twitter Pope, Pope Francis, tweeted a message a week or so ago that seems to summarize so much about his papacy: "Inequality," he taught his tens of thousands of followers, "is the root of social evil."

And this was merely the opening act.

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