The Issue of Abortion Is a Litmus Test for the American Catholic Church

June 28, 2021

Ignoring warnings from Pope Francis and the Vatican, US Catholic bishops earlier this month overwhelmingly approved drafting guidance that would deny the rite of communion to public officials who do not support the church’s opposition to abortion. The decision was seen as the church’s most...

Sex Abuse Is the Moral Downfall of the Catholic Church

November 27, 2020

My mother passed away a few years ago. She spent the last years of her life in a home for the elderly in a small town in Bavaria, where she and my father had spent most of their lives. In their younger days, both my parents were devout Catholics, initially taking at face value what the church...

Boris Johnson: Bumbling Buffoon, Pied Piper or Churchillian Statesman?

July 24, 2019

The history of England and indeed the United Kingdom can be summed up as a ding-dong battle between cavaliers and roundheads. Like Gordon Brown, Theresa May is a roundhead. Both are children of men of the church. They work hard, find it hard to delegate and are not exactly the life of the party....

The Christchurch Killer Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

April 19, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Alexander Gillespie, professor of international law at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. On March 15, 2019, New Zealand witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in its modern history. A 28-year-old Australian gunman opened fire on...

Within the Romanian Orthodox Church, Strong Fascist Currents Still Exist

April 04, 2019

While the whole church does not support extreme right-wing platforms, ethnonationalism does have a long history in Romanian Orthodoxy. In a recent book evaluating the prospects for Romanian democracy, the prominent Austrian historian Oliver Jens Schmitt identified the Romanian Orthodox Church as...

What Makes a Christchurch-Style Attack Feel So Likely in Britain?

March 25, 2019

“It absolutely could happen here.” This was the Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace’s response on BBC Radio 4 to the question many in the United Kingdom and around the world have asked themselves in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 50 people praying in...

White Supremacism and the Christchurch Terrorist Attack

March 19, 2019

The attacks in Christchurch were not the result of a random mental health victim on a rampage. They were calculated, cold and clinical. As the fallout from the Christchurch terror attack becomes ever more pronounced, it is clear there are a number of matters that are important to state regarding...

Making Sense of the Christchurch Terror Attack

March 18, 2019

For terrorists like Brenton Tarrant, acting in the name of "racial survival," human life has no value unless it is the life of their own ethnic group. Very few people probably still remember William Luther Pierce. Even in the United States, he is largely forgotten, except perhaps on the fringes...

The Catholic Church Takes on Racism

March 29, 2018

Can the new Committee Against Racism help the Catholic Church bridge racial divides in America? The Catholic Church has stepped up its efforts to address the growing racial divide in America. During the annual United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held in November 2017, the...

Churchill Sets an Example for Today’s Western Leaders

March 12, 2018

Theresa May’s fig leaf approach to standing by basic democratic principles is the latest incident in a long-standing Western willingness to pay a heavy price for sleeping with the devil. To understand that the Western emphasis on human rights is at best a fig leaf to do business with...

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