John Zmirak

John Zmirak

Dr. John Zmirak is editor of a series of guides to American higher education, and author of four books: one on economics, two humorous guides to Catholic doctrine and devotions, and the blank-verse graphic novel, The Grand Inquisitor. He teaches writing in New Hampshire.


Sobering Thoughts

Alcohol

Sobering Thoughts

There's nothing to put a damper on your columns about food and wine like a grumpy old doct...
Benedict on the Border”€”A Showdown over Church and Nation-State

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Benedict on the Border”€”A Showdown over Church and Nation-State

With the visit of Pope Benedict to the U.S., American Catholics are faced with a grave confrontation between Church and State, a conflict between their supernatural faith and their patriotic duty, unparalleled in the English-speaking world since Pope Pius V deposed Queen Elizabeth I”€”and encouraged Catholics in her realm to topple her from power. Right? That’s what you”€™d think, from reading the statements of open-borders activists alongside the complaints of restrictionist ex-Catholics like Tom Tancredo. In fact, the current argument is much more complicated, and reflects millennia of tension between the notion of national sovereignty and the universal claims of Christian faith and morals.

Second Spring

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Second Spring

Looking over my posts for the past three months, I can see I’ve been something of a ...

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