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Scott P. Richert


Scott P. Richert is the Executive Editor of Chronicles.

  • Getting Naked in the Public Square

    By Scott P. Richert | September 23, 2013
    There are no political solutions to cultural problems. But in the public square, all problems are political, so, by definition, all solutions must be, too. Let me be blunt: How's that been working out for you?
  • The Labor Shortage

    By Scott P. Richert | August 29, 2013
    Twenty-five years ago, the simple line "There is little doubt about the urgency of the crisis for Europe" in a publication such as Chronicles might have earned a stinging rebuke on the editorial page of the New York Times. Now, the Times simply reports it as fact—which it was then, just as much as it is now.
  • Hate the Sinner, Love the Sin

    By Scott P. Richert | July 31, 2013
    Four-and-a-half months into Pope Francis's pontificate, it's become more than a little tiresome to hear both his admirers and his detractors compare him with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. "Benedict would never have done . . . " rolls as easily off the lips of aging Call to Action types as it does off the fingers of the bloggers at the traditionalist website Rorate Caeli.
  • Brief Thoughts on a Justice Bork

    By Scott P. Richert | December 20, 2012
    Those who mourn the Senate's failure to confirm President Reagan's nomination of Judge Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court make the undeniable claim that a Justice Bork would have been different from a Justice Kennedy. But the real question is how different, and in what ways?
  • Re: Roberts Is No Warren

    By Scott P. Richert | June 29, 2012
    I certainly understand Mr. Oliver's point, but I'm afraid he has misunderstood mine. Do I think that John Roberts has a burning desire to impose a "radical social agenda" on the country? No.
  • Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Bush

    By Scott P. Richert | June 28, 2012
  • Earl Warren Rides Again

    By Scott P. Richert | June 28, 2012
    Chief Justice John Roberts was initially nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the country's high court. So, in the wake of today's ObamaCare decision, authored by Roberts, it's no surprise that many who wanted to see the Court drive a stake through the heart of the most overreaching piece of federal legislation in American history are comparing Roberts to O'Connor.
  • Can't Get Fooled Again

    By Scott P. Richert | June 28, 2012
    In Earl Warren Rides Again, I wrote: Roberts portrays his decision as a check on federal power—if the Court had upheld the individual mandate under the Commerce Clause, it "would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority." But it's unclear whom he thinks he is fooling. Silly me. I should have known the answer.
  • Ray Bradbury, R.I.P.

    By Scott P. Richert | June 07, 2012
    America has lost one of her best novelists and writers of short stories, and perhaps the last chronicler of a world that can no longer be found.
  • Two Cheers for Facebook

    By Scott P. Richert | May 30, 2012
    I learned of the death of my friend and schoolmate Ellen Middlebrook Herron the way I increasingly learn of all such milestones on life's journey: through Facebook.
  • Re: Half a Cheer—Or Less

    By Scott P. Richert | May 30, 2012
    "All these things are a lot like TV." Well, yes and no. The damage done by TV was rather total. The older neighborhoods of Rockford have many front porches; very few of them are ever used today, even on evenings that are as beautiful as today's is likely to be.
  • Re: Facebook

    By Scott P. Richert | May 30, 2012
    Few technologies (and I'm using that term loosely here, because I think that social media doesn't really deserve that title) are wholly evil, though I am willing to stipulate that, on a continuum from fire, the lever, and the wheel (the relatively good) to nuclear energy (the relatively evil), the entire computer revolution sits very close to the latter. But, as you've suggested, Tom, we have to use the tools we have if we wish "to survive in an increasingly inhuman world."
  • Memorial Day

    By Scott P. Richert | May 28, 2012
    Memorial Day has always been my favorite secular holiday, in part because it is the most Catholic of all U.S. holidays. It is the only day of the year in which significant numbers of Americans (of all religious backgrounds) visit cemeteries to honor the dead, though their numbers (the honorers, not the honorees) are dwindling with each passing year.
  • Re: Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame

    By Scott P. Richert | May 24, 2012
    Tom, I'm pretty optimistic about the lawsuit filed by Notre Dame and 42 other Catholic organizations. Filing essentially the same case in multiple federal district courts increases the possibility of getting the right result out of at least one, and getting mixed results will kick this issue up to the Supreme Court.
  • Re: It's All Over/Facebook IPO

    By Scott P. Richert | May 20, 2012
  • How Not to Write a Direct-Mail Package (Or, Their Mistake Is Your Gain)

    By Scott P. Richert | April 10, 2012
    Executive editor Scott P. Richert uncovers an unwitting plot to promote Chronicles. Find out who's behind it, and take advantage of a special offer.
  • Fool for the Truth

    By Scott P. Richert | April 01, 2011
    In late February, in the midst of the uproar over Live Action's exposé of Planned Parenthood, I wrote a piece about the controversy for the Catholicism GuideSite. The piece argued that, whatever good intentions Lila Rose and her comrades at Live Action may have had, they stepped over the line, and their tactics could not be justified under Catholic moral theology. But now, five or six weeks later, I'm beginning to have second thoughts.