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*Image: Let the Children Come to Me by Anthony van Dyck, 1618-20 [National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario]

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 2, 2022

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

Note: TCT Editor-in-Chief Robert Royal will join Fr. Gerald Murray and Raymond Arroyo (the Papal Posse) on EWTN’s “The World Over” tomorrow evening at 8 ET to discuss the recently released synod document and other developments in the Church. Consult local listing for broadcast times. (Segments are also usually available for viewing, shortly after their first appearance, on EWTN’s YouTube channel.)


‘Tis the season. . .for elections.  Again.  American politics has always had a toxic streak.  But once upon a time, before our mass media destroyed the escape hatch to solitude, we could find a way and a place – a mental bomb shelter – to ride out the cycle of partisan hysteria.  Not anymore.  Now the noise is everywhere, nonstop.

This year’s campaigns have featured the usual mudslinging, and they proceed in much the same way we bombed the North during the Vietnam War: gradual escalation.  John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania senator, looks more and more like a demonic Uncle Fester-man in Republican attack ads.  And Dr. Oz, his Republican opponent, appears as a vivisecting doggy-killer in similar Democratic ads. …

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