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Shepherd in a Strange Land
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Shepherd in a Strange Land

“I’m a pastor, not a scholar,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 2011, said when I interviewed him earlier last year for Catholic World Report about his new book.  “A bishop’s job is helping

A Faith Misplaced
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A Faith Misplaced

Progressive arrogance.  Technocratic overreach.  Social engineering.  Racial tension.  Expanding executive powers.  Aggressive and endless waves of “experts.”  Economic disparity and unrest.  “Us” versus “them.”

All are characteristics of social and political life in recent years in the United States.  So

A Christian Humanist
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A Christian Humanist

Having access to personal correspondence and other private papers is every biographer’s dream, a potential difference between a decent biography and a great biography.  In the case of Russell Kirk, the advantage was huge.  Kirk maintained a “massive—in some ways,