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First, a clarification. In my article last week looking ahead to the new year in the life of the Church, I noted that Bishop Robert Barron's "Word on Fire" ministries had retweeted an old article of his in which he complained about the "Fetishism of Dialogue" and wondered how that squared with Pope Francis' repeated calls for dialogue. I was contacted by Brandon Vogt, Content Director at Word on Fire, who explained to me that these retweets of old articles are computer generated at random. I had no idea such technology existed. I have even less of an idea why anyone would use it.

Ross Douthat's Erasmus Lecture


First Things has now posted the text of Ross Douthat’s “Erasmus Lecture,” delivered at the end of October, and a curious text it is, starting with the title. Is there really a "crisis" for conservative Catholics, or is it just a snit? Douthat is smart, but he has for too long accepted at face value the American conservative, or neo-conservative, narrative about developments within the Catholic Church over the past fifty years.


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