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*Image: Pope Francis speaks with the editors of European Jesuit cultural journals [Source: Catholic Outlook]

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, June 16, 2022

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Stephen P. WhiteI hope this doesn’t offend anyone, but we Americans can occasionally come off as brash, presumptuous, and entitled. Such qualities may have served us well when we were still settling the frontier. They might even have been endearing when we were just a precocious upstart of a nation, elbowing our way into the spotlight of world affairs. In a superpower, however, such traits tend to lose most of their charm.

Americans are much more than this caricature, of course. And we are not above self-criticism. (Or even occasional self-loathing.) …

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