Matthew Bunson

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Day Two: Dems Balk With Bork ‘Softballs,’ Gorsuch Gains a Base

WASHINGTON — The second day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court began with a question by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked...

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Pope Francis: “I Also Know the Empty Moments…”

On March 9, the left-leaning German newspaper Die Zeit published the first ever interview of Pope Francis by a German publication. The discussion, in Italian with the journalist, Giovanni di Lorenzo, was wide-ranging and included the pontiff’s...

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Trump to Congress: “A message deeply delivered from my heart”

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. The speech was his first serious opportunity since the Inauguration to present a blueprint for his agenda, but it also presented him with a...

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President Trump and CPAC: "The era of empty talk is over."

As the old adage proclaims, what a difference a year makes. In 2016, then Republican candidate Donald Trump skipped the influential annual gathering of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference organized by the American Conservative...

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President Trump at Inauguration: ‘I Will Never, Ever Let You Down’

At noon today, President Donald J. Trump officially began his term as president of the United States, taking the Oath of Office from Chief Justice John Roberts and with his hand on two Bibles — one from his family, the other belonging to Abraham...

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Remembering Father Michael Scanlan, TOR

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, one of the great figures in modern American Catholicism and president of Franciscan University of Steubenville from 1974 to 2000, died yesterday at the age of 85. There will be many well-deserved tributes and...

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USCCB Day Two

The U.S. Bishops gathered in Baltimore, Maryland, for their annual fall meeting wasted no time on Tuesday morning – a Day Two – to complete one of the main items on their agenda: the election of a new President and Vice-President, as well as...

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USCCB Day One

Elections were uppermost in the minds of the U.S. Bishops as they assembled on Monday for day one of their three day annual fall assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday. The shockwaves of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of...

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The Al Smith Dinner Caught in the Crossfire

The annual charitable event of the Al Smith Dinner is an institution not merely in New York City and the Archdiocese of New York but in American political life. For 70 years, the dinner has raised money for children in honor of the honorable...

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Francis' New Cardinals

During his Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis announced that he was going to create 17 new Cardinals, new members of the College of Cardinals. As reported by the Register’s Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin, the list contains 13 Cardinal Electors...