The National Catholic Review

In All Things

A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.

October 2015

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    On a June night in 1858, about 1,000 delegates to the Illinois state Republican convention met in the State House in Springfield to choose the man who would be their candidate for the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, a political powerhouse who was popularly known as “The Little Giant” (a tweak on both his small physical stature and his outsize political influence on the American politics of the day).

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    Joshua Mercer is co-founder and political director of, an independent, conservative non-profit advocacy group.


    On his Apostolic Journey to the United States, Pope Francis brought a message of encouragement. He called us to press on, always forward, to meet the issues of our day with energy, imagination and determination. The Holy Father also urged us to look back. He persistently reminded us of our heritage and of our duty to protect it.


    Pope Francis returned to Rome on Sept. 28 after the longest and perhaps most challenging foreign journey of his pontificate: a trip that lasted 10 days and took him from the communist outpost of Cuba to the capitalist superpower of the U.S., where the popular pontiff faced some of his toughest critics—both inside and outside the church.

    Now comes the hard part.

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    Editors Note: On the flight from Philadelphia to Rome, Pope Francis was asked if he supports "those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples..." He...