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Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Yardley Borough, home to my family for the past eleven years, is a beautifully quaint old Pennsylvania community nestled along the Delaware River.  By “old” I mean founded in 1682 by pious Quakers.  If you walk just a few dozen yards from our back porch, you find yourself in the Slate Hill Cemetery.  It’s tiny, rarely visited, and not always well-kept, but listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nonetheless.  The graves date back to the late 17th century.  Many of the gravestones are broken or stripped clean of names by the endless cycle of weather and time.

My wife, my youngest son, and I walk there during the summer. .,..