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    January 2, 2014

    Homosexuality and Friendship: A Response to Austin Ruse

    by Christopher Damian

     They are the New Homophiles and they accept the Church’s teaching that sexual activity can only occur between married men and women. They oppose a redefinition of marriage… They are fine … with living celibate lives. They do not want…

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    December 24, 2013

    The Gift

    by Scott P. Richert

     Show forth, we pray thee, Lord, thy power and come, and with thy great strength assist us, so that by the aid of thy grace, the work that is hindered by our sins may be hastened by thy merciful forgiveness:…

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    December 20, 2013

    The New Homophiles

    by Austin Ruse

    Never before has a devout, vocal, and coherent group of educated, thoughtful, and orthodox gay† Christians sought to articulate what the Church’s teaching might mean for someone who is not attracted to the opposite sex. Chris Damian wrote that in…

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    December 19, 2013

    Natural Family Planning, Providence, and the Goal of Marriage

    by Eric Johnston

    The great NFP debate would be greatly helped by some serious reflections on ends: teleology, as the philosophers like to say. On one side stand the Providentialists.  At their more strident, they accuse NFP users of a “contraceptive mentality.”  Just because…

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    December 18, 2013

    The Burden of Friendship

    by Gerard Gaskin

    I have a friend, Adrian, whom I have known for nearly thirty years. He and his family of eleven children and some grandchildren live in our state’s capital, Sydney, more than five hundred kilometers away, so we do not see…

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    December 16, 2013

    Preparing for the Twelve Days of Christmas

    by Dale Ahlquist

    About a hundred years ago, the usual jolly G.K. Chesterton can be found lamenting two things that are still a problem today: First, that as a writer, he has to write about Christmas long before Christmas in order for it…

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    December 12, 2013

    An Advent Paean to Christian Hope

    by Regis Martin

    Among the many symptoms marking the crisis of faith and culture we are going through, here’s one that happens every year after Thanksgiving, falling like dead leaves during the days before Christmas, a feast for which there is simply no…

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    December 5, 2013

    Of Downward Mobility and the New Evangelization

    by Richard Becker

     Everybody would be rich   if nobody tried   to be richer.  And nobody would be poor   if everybody tried   to be the poorest.  And everybody would be   what he ought to be   if everybody tried…

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    December 4, 2013

    Gratitude For Those Who Are Gone

    by Regis Martin

    An old and valued friend, who retired after a half-century cheerfully and productively spent in the classroom, used to tell me that it was silly to think anyone would remember him once he was gone.  “Like a stone falling into…

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    November 29, 2013

    Finances in Light of the Call for a Poor Church

    by R. Jared Staudt

    Crisis recently featured a stimulating discussion on finances centered on Dave Ramsey’s principles of financial planning. The first piece by Richard Becker, “Of Dave Ramsey, Babies, and Birth Control,” contrasted Ramsey’s approach to finances with Catholic openness to life. The…

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    November 28, 2013

    Louisa May Alcott on How to Give Thanks

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

    When I first read “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” by Louisa May Alcott in her collection of short stories entitled Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag, I was—truth be told—unmoved. But truth is often painful … and embarrassing. The temptations to label this little-known episode from…

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    November 25, 2013

    Catholic Sexual Ethics: An Unknown Treasure

    by R. J. Snell

    Every other year I teach a course on Christian sexual ethics. Turns out, 19-year olds are interested in the subject matter, and despite the early-morning schedule the course suffers from remarkably low rates of truancy—and not because of some innate…

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    November 20, 2013

    A School Without Screens

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

    There is a growing consensus among human beings that the effects of our developing technology are not conducive to human development. Popular technology, despite its claim to interact and connect, breeds isolation. It causes people, especially young people, to stray…

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    November 18, 2013

    Advice for Preachers on Sin and Satan

    by Regis Martin

    I once knew a pastor whose homilies were so awful, so bone crushingly boring, that I’d swear he composed them in the time it took us to sit down after he’d finished reading the Gospel.  In other words, three seconds…

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    November 4, 2013

    When Those We Love Die

    by Regis Martin

    In thinking about the destiny of those who die, the course of their final trajectory beyond the grave, it is always unwise to make predictions about the precise place awaiting them on the other side.  How can anyone, in the…

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    October 30, 2013

    The Blessings of Sin

    by Regis Martin

    When asked once about a sermon he’d just heard, the legendarily laconic Calvin Coolidge managed to summarize its theme in a single word:  “Sin.”   Pressed for details concerning the preacher’s views on the subject, President Coolidge added four more:  “He…

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    October 28, 2013

    Fecundaphobia: On the Fear of Large Families

    by Rachel Lu

    The pharmacist was eyeing me strangely, and it was making me nervous. I glanced down at my clothes, then surreptitiously ran my tongue over my teeth. Then I noticed his eyes moving between me, my prescription, and the baby who…

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    October 25, 2013

    The Iron Cage of the Common Core?

    by Anne Hendershott

    Writing in the early 1900s, sociologist Max Weber depicted the coming modern world as an “iron cage” in which a caste of functionaries and civil servants monopolize power over the lives of citizens.  He warned that the emerging bureaucracies would…

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    October 16, 2013

    A Throw Away Culture in Reproductive Medicine

    by Arland K. Nichols

    The “Brave New World” of genetic manipulation in reproductive medicine has arrived, and its arrival embraces the utilitarian calculation that the death of the innocent is a legitimate means to secure the health of another. Mitochondrial diseases, such as Leigh’s…

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    October 15, 2013

    A Case of Mistaken (Sexual) Identity

    by Daniel Mattson

    My favorite novel of mistaken identity has always been C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy. It’s the perfect fairy tale, beginning with a miserable young boy, Shasta, growing up in Calormen, treated like a slave by Arsheesh, the…

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    October 9, 2013

    The Limitations of Buddhism: A Response to My Critics

    by Regis Martin

    “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.”   So wrote the late Kingsley Amis, one of the grand old curmudgeons of English letters who, over a long and highly combative literary career, managed to annoy just about…

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