Short Take

French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on April 17. (AP Photo/Jean Francois Badias)
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry April 18, 2018
President Emmanuel Macron scandalized secularists by praising Catholic contributions to French public life, but he has yet to work toward religious liberty.
A Syrian soldier documents the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Center from U.S., British and French military strikes on April 14. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Margot Patterson April 17, 2018
The U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria are a show of force that will accomplish nothing in a country that has seen nothing but war for seven years.
A medical worker gives a child oxygen following an alleged poison gas attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria, on April 8. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
Antonio De Loera-Brust April 16, 2018
If the U.S. does not take this opportunity to strike the Assad regime, the lesson to every dictator will be that they can get away with any atrocity that keeps them in power.
What makes the Barros case so important is that if the pope removes him from office, it will be the first time a Catholic prelate has been explicitly cashiered because he covered up abuse by others.
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Katie Rose Quandt April 10, 2018
Incarceration serves four purposes: deterrence, incapacitation, retribution and rehabilitation. Life without parole is not necessary for any of them.
Maryann Cusimano Love April 09, 2018
Will bombing or putting American “boots on the ground” bring peace to Syria?