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    March 7, 2014

    The “Poverty” of Sexual Orientation

    by Deacon Jim Russell

    In the grave new world of “male,” “female,” and fifty other Facebook “gender-identity” categories purportedly describing everything in between, maybe it’s time to ask once more, for context: Just what is sexual orientation? For example, here I am, a man…

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    March 7, 2014

    The Health Benefits of Not Getting Pregnant

    by Richard Becker

    I guess you can’t argue with science. In case you haven’t heard, various studies claim that not having a baby is considerably safer than having a baby. Epidemiologically and statistically, they argue, the risks of pregnancy and childbirth are greater…

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    March 5, 2014

    Some Good News on Abortion Rates

    by Richard M. Doerflinger

    On an issue associated with tragedy and mourning, there was good news recently. A new study finds that in 2011, the US abortion rate—the number of abortions per 1000 women of reproductive age—reached its lowest point since the Supreme Court’s…

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    March 3, 2014

    When Life Imitates Art—a Cautionary Tale

    by Regis Martin

    The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at age forty-six from a heroin overdose early last month (Feb. 2) has sent the usual shock waves through the highly publicized stage and screen worlds of Hollywood and New York.  And while…

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    February 27, 2014

    Remembering Bill Buckley

    by Regis Martin

    I met Bill Buckley (d. Feb. 27, 2008)  only once, over lunch, so long ago that I can scarcely remember what was said.  Only that it was by invitation (his, obviously), issued as a result of a letter I’d sent…

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    February 26, 2014

    Quality Education is Not Rocket Science

    by Anthony Esolen

    Every week it seems I receive three or four letters from people who are establishing new schools or reforming old ones.  These letters are most encouraging, and all of the writers, without exception, are dedicated to restoring what is called…

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    February 26, 2014

    Christianity: Foundation of Western Success

    by Samuel Gregg

    In his famous critique of John Stuart Mill, Mill and Liberalism (1963) the Cambridge historian Maurice Cowling underscored just how much the views advanced by self-identified liberals were underpinned by the conviction that their conception of the historical background to…

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    February 21, 2014

    What Every Catholic Should Know

    by Christopher O. Blum

    We are an unsteady people. Even an hour of watching the Olympics on NBC suffices to show it. Is it sacrifice and teamwork to which we aspire, or the satisfaction of our animal desires? Do we hold perseverance and moderation…

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    February 19, 2014

    Recalling Euthanasia’s Legacy of Death

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    During a debate on the Senate floor in 1996, at the time of President Clinton’s veto of a bill to ban partial-birth abortion, there was an incident reported in an article in the Washington Post: Not five feet away, Republican…

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    February 18, 2014

    On Daughters, Vocation & Human Happiness

    by Richard Becker

    The Sound of Music just finished its run at the college where I work, and my daughter had a part: Brigitta, one of the von Trapp children. Everyone in the production did a marvelous job, although (you’ll forgive me—I’m a…

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    February 13, 2014

    A Frankenstein for Our Time

    by K. V. Turley

    Each generation gets a cinematic Frankenstein made in its own image. Now, as I, Frankenstein is released, we have ours. On a wet night, I stood in line and bought a ticket, almost 200 years after Mary Shelley had created…

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    February 12, 2014

    Birth of Twins Highlights Evil of Abortion

    by Arland K. Nichols

    In what has become an annual ritual on January 1, the mainstream media shared the unique story of twins born on different days and different years. This year, ABC News highlighted Lorraine and Brandon Begazo who were born in Washington,…

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    February 11, 2014

    Arguing Over Argument in the Internet Age

    by James Kalb

    The Internet means that today anyone can discuss any topic at any time with anyone who is interested in it. When the possibility first appeared it seemed to open up a brave new world. Whatever your interest you could always…

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    February 10, 2014

    What Sochi News Coverage Can Tell Catholics

    by Rachel Lu

    American journalists are ungracious whiners. That was my original conclusion based on the torrent of gripes about substandard accommodations in Sochi. I understand that Americans are grossed out by yellow water and toilets that don’t flush paper. But for people…

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    February 6, 2014

    How Common Core Devalues Great Literature

    by Anthony Esolen

    Many years ago, a prominent man wrote to one of his favorite authors about his latest book.  This man had been a soldier, a hunter, an athlete, an historian, and a social reformer, and was now employed in a post…

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    February 5, 2014

    What GLAAD and Muslim Extremists Have in Common

    by William Kilpatrick

    GLAAD is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation. The OIC is the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, a 56-state organization which constitutes the largest voting bloc in the UN. At first glance, the two groups would not seem to…

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    February 3, 2014

    Il Papa’s Not a Rollin’ Stone

    by Christopher Manion

    Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, has called the Rolling Stone’s recent cover story on Pope Francis superficial, negative, and crude. That’s a good start. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” the title preens. Well, all change…

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    January 31, 2014

    The Girl Who Dreamt of Theater Street

    by Austin Ruse

    A classic American story plays itself out even now at a place called Theater Street in St. Petersburg, Russia. The story begins 17 years ago when a little girl in Northern Virginia watched a grainy documentary narrated by Princess Grace…

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    January 30, 2014

    Don’t Let Social Engineers Define Normality

    by James Kalb

    The great political, social, and moral issue of the present day is the authority of the natural and normal. Accepting that authority means accepting a vernacular form of natural law, and thus a belief that the world has an innate…

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    January 29, 2014

    Out-of-Date Message Movies

    by William Kilpatrick

    I haven’t seen Philomena but I’ve noticed it’s been getting a lot of attention: many TV ads, awards nominations, numerous interviews with the stars, with the book’s author, and with the real-life Philomena Lee. Then I read some reviews of…

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    January 28, 2014

    Of Brain Death and Climate Change

    by Richard Becker

     “It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Now, mostly dead is slightly alive.”   ~ Miracle Max As you bundle up, you can’t suppress the…

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