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    Each electoral cycle, nearly six out of every ten American Catholics cast the ghastly vote of the libertine.  As such, one can only assume that the ideas and “lifestyles” emblazoned by these six out of ten votes follow faithfully (tongue…

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    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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    Countering Christian Support for Gay Marriage

    by Joshua Brotherton

    The victory recently granted the gay lobby by the U.S. Supreme Court parallels a particularly disturbing shift in public opinion toward tolerance for the idea of “homosexual marriage.”  More than by such political maneuvers, however, the popular consciousness (which also…

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    Be Hopeful: The Lunacy Can’t Last Forever

    by James Kalb

    In a recent piece published in Crisis I commented on the features of our public life that led the Supreme Court to assert that support for the natural definition of marriage is simply an attempt to harm people. One reader…

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    One Lawyer’s Quest to Vindicate Jesus in Court

    by Bruce Frohnen

    Here’s a rather silly story brought to my attention recently.  It should tell us something about how very silly lawyers’ views of morals and the law have become in recent years.  According to Religion News Service, among others, one Dola…

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    Catholicism Must Be a Sign of Contradiction

    by James Kalb

    Last month I noted that Catholics need settings in which they can lead a Catholic life among Catholics. For most of us, loving God and living as Christians take schooling and support, which we aren’t going to get from the…

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    So-Called Gay Marriage: A Dialogue

    by J. Budziszewski

    I’d been tied up with students all morning. No sooner did student number ten leave than student number eleven appeared. It was Theresa. “Hi, Professor Theophilus. This isn’t about your course. Have you got a few minutes anyway?” “Fewer and…

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    Cultural Assimilation: A Threat to Catholic Identity

    by James Kalb

    For the most part, American Catholics have wanted to be like other people. They arrived in America as immigrants from places where they had a definite (if sometimes lowly) position. They left that for a country where social positions were…

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    “The Goodness and Humanity of God”

    by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

    The sub-title of J. Budziszewski’s 2009 book, The Line Through the Heart, reads as follows: “Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction.” The initial dedicatory citation in the book, from which the book derives its title, is a…

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    Catholics Must Not Cede Ground in Public Debate

    by James Kalb

    In the last several months I’ve been discussing the problems Catholics face dealing with public life today. The recent election underlined some of them. The bishops and others made their pitch about threats to the family and the freedom of…

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    The Catholic Response to “Abolitionist” Feminism

    by James Kalb

    Feminism is a slippery issue that gets more slippery the more you think about it. It starts off seeming perfectly clear. One Catholic feminist, an intelligent woman, tells us that “The core of feminism lies in the simple demand that women…

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    Chinese Natural Law

    by Zac Alstin

    A common argument against same-sex marriage is that it is ‘unnatural.’  But without qualification, such an argument is pointless. What do people mean when they call something ‘unnatural’? Do they mean ‘unusual,’ ‘abnormal,’ or ‘ugh’! I don’t like it!’? Do…

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    Lawless Christians

    by Howard Kainz

    We consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law. –Rom. 3:28 We have believed in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because…

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    Zombies, Zelda, and the Natural Law

    by Peter Freeman

    Rescuing the princess. Punishing unjust oppressors. Liberating a people from slavery. International gamers across the world live out these fantasies on a daily basis. These fantasies don’t make themselves, however. Grown men and women have to sit down at computers…

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    The Meaning of the Sexual Powers

    by J. Budziszewski

    There you will show me That which my soul desired; And there You will give at once, O You, my life! That which You gave me the other day. —John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle Midnight. Shelly is getting herself…

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    Of Human Dignity and Shoes

    by Jason Jones

    For most of you this weekend contains a date you’ll never forget, along the lines of September 11, or December 7 — anniversaries of profound wounds to our country as a whole, even if we didn’t lose a relative in…

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    Natural Law for Doubters

    by Joseph Stuart

    With so many natural foods available these days for your health and nutrition, you might find yourself looking for natural and legal food for your mind. Now, Edward B. McLean, Beesley professor of political science at Wabash College, has served…

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    Natural Law from a Birmingham Jail

    by Ronald J. Rychlak

    On April 12,1963 — Good Friday — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of about 50 anti-segregation protesters into downtown Birmingham, Alabama. It was a peaceful protest, but they were not naïve: They knew that their message would…

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    I Don’t Make the Natural Law, I Just Enforce It

    by John Zmirak

    To me, there’s nothing that quite says “Christmas” like schadenfreude — that grim satisfaction one takes in watching the suffering of others, especially other people whose ideas are evil. The Church father Tertullian used to write in lengthy detail of…

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    Natural Law without Nature? Aquinas to the Rescue

    by Howard Kainz

    Natural law has had a hard time in the modern world. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) castigated the natural law theorists of his day for promoting “personal opinions and sentiments” as standards of right and wrong. He offered utilitarianism as a replacement,…

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    Natural Law Foundations of the American Republic

    by Cord Hamrick

    Bill Whittle, explaining the Natural Law underpinnings of good law, and observing what is the underlying (as opposed to the proximate) cause of the current economic malaise: What We Believe, Part 4: Natural Law It’s Part 4 of Bill’s series…

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