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A pro-life Catholic writes for the New York Times?!

Well, who’da thunk? The New York Times has just hired a new columnist that fits that description.

And he’s under 30.

Take a look:

The New York Times has hired Ross G. Douthat, a 29-year-old conservative writer and editor at The Atlantic, as an Op-Ed columnist, nearly two months after ending the yearlong run of another conservative columnist, William Kristol, officials at the paper said Wednesday.

Asked when The Times last had such a young columnist, Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor, said, “I don’t think ever.”

Mr. Douthat (pronounced DOW-thut) has written a popular blog for The Atlantic and articles in the magazine, as well as being a senior editor there, and he has had articles published in other publications. He is also the author of the books “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class” (Hyperion, 2005) and, with Reihan Salam, “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream” (Doubleday, 2008).


His writing steers away from partisanship — he frequently criticizes Republicans — or doctrine, showing a concern for income inequality that is usually the terrain of more liberal writers. On abortion, he said in an interview, “I’m sort of a squishy pro-lifer,” interested in finding areas of compromise. He initially favored the war in Iraq, but later opposed it.

Elsewhere, Rod Dreher is beside himself with glee. And a member of The Atlantic staff is singing his praises, too.

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St Edwards Blog

posted March 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm

There is no accounting for grace, is there?!

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The Pondering Catholic

posted March 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm

A squishy pro lifer huh? I love how they tout that he is a conservative. Sounds like he will have fun with the liberals who don’t know what real conservativism is. You can count on me not reading much of what he has to say. Squishy people bore me.

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posted March 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

His op ed piece in the times sounds an awful lot like the squishy pro life position is just that. However, for the NY Times radical left leaning, he must look almost like Limbaugh to them. Going to be a lonely crowd. Over time, while hanging with this crowd, I expect the squishiness to increase.

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posted March 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

Pro-Life Catholic writing for the Times? Hardly the first. E.J. Dionne and Peter Steinfels come to mind.

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Phil Onochie

posted March 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Greg, no offense meant here, but it seems as though your blog post headings are often quite misleading.When I read the article, I certainly understand that this young columnist is not pro-life. You cannot be simply, “squishy” about the issue. It’s the same way our President was able to be voted into office…by Catholics.

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posted March 14, 2009 at 1:00 am

Phil, you are spot on. Can’t just cut and paste headlines when the media is so lost. Dig deep and read the full story and most often you find it is a big lie for an agenda. You can’t be squishy pro life is exactly right and the Obamacaths know it, but chose to do it anyway. At the gates there will be an interesting exchange of ideas. The Obamacaths will give there reasons and thoughts and our Lord will have them walk over to the 50,000,000 babies that were killed before they voted. Then he will take them to the millions more that their vote caused to die. They will know then the judgement is complete and where they will spend eternity for he said not to harm His children. The millstone will be fitted and the babies killed will vote the judgement on you that you voted on them. There are no gray areas or anything of any comparible value even if the bishops got a little “squishy” as well. I suspect along the way this lost soul will see a few of them wearing their millstone as well. They knew and they did it anyway.

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