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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Sept. 06, 2022

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.


In response to my commentary of last Friday (Again I say, “Discern!”), one reader commented that my “fine essays are always marked by a hopefulness that ultimately undermines them”. One must, of course, be careful about how we use the word “hope”, which is a theological virtue that we cannot have too much of. But I think I know what he was getting at, and it raises an important question. For even when I am criticizing significant aspects of the current pontificate, I often either temper the criticism or turn my attention to the related good on which we all need to focus to respond constructively to the need for Catholic renewal and Catholic mission. …

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