The demise of American civil religion

Something will be lost no matter who wins November’s American presidential election — something more central to American identity than the dissipating mirage of political unity.

The paradox of this week

Our highly choreographed liturgies, our rituals of human achievement, may be tinged with failure.

You are a Victorian priest (sort of)

The struggle of priests has nearly always been to relate to their flocks — to be, in Pope Francis’ memorable phrasing, “shepherds with the smell of sheep.”