Kathryn Lopez

As the week progressed and the president of Russia seemed to be leading the world in a game of power politics and giving shout-outs to the pope and God in the New York Times, a prayer for peace includes reconciling what the pope said about freedom with what we tend to say it is. It's long past time we consider that, as Americans, we simply aren't making sense anymore. In our lives and in our politics, there is often a disconnect between things as they actually are and what we are saying and doing about them.

When you lose a common language and set of ideals, you simply stop making sense. What would the world be like if there was no one to say, "Thou shalt not kill," Cardinal Wuerl asked, rhetorically, as he was talking with Baier. What is the world like when people stop listening? That's a question America is flirting with finding out the answer to.

(Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online www.nationalreview.com. She can be contacted at klopez@nationalreview.com.)

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.