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Dobbs

Dobbs and the Shaky Foundations of Roe

In the oral arguments in the much-anticipated Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization heard in the Supreme Court Wednesday, there was little discussion of the details of abortion. Instead, the status of the Court’s major precedents and the Court’s power and influence in American life were the main subjects. The immediate subject [...]

Christmas Gift Ideas — Fourth Week of Advent

It's December 23rd, a little late for me to be throwing out gift ideas for Christmas. Then again, the celebration only just begins on the 25th, and then there's the 12 days of Christmas and the feast of Epiphany. Plus, there's something to be said for getting an early start on next year, right? When [...]

Mountain Man

Many years ago, in 1948, a book was published that had an immediate dramatic effect on its readers. It was written by a young man, Thomas Merton, and told the story of his riotous youth, conversion to Catholicism, and entry into the Trappist monastery at Gethsemani, Kentucky, in 1941, when he was twenty-six years old. [...]

Gilding the Little Flower

For all its virtues, Thérèse remains an aesthetic, not a religious, achievement  To write ill of the movie Thérèse seems churlish. Its intentions are noble, their execution reverent. In this, the godless late twentieth century, a French director, Alain Cavalier, has made a movie about a nun which does not mock celibacy or humility, indulge [...]

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