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Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

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Chaplains v. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

posted by Mark Silk

The Defense Department’s superb report on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell includes an interesting contrast between the racial integration of the U.S. military in the late 1940s and early 1950s and the current homosexual integration. Then, when the military was out […]

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A Dreher spotting

posted by Mark Silk

Rod Dreher, late of this site, put in an appearance yesterday in his old newspaper by way of a review essay on Robert Putnam and David Campbell’s hot new book, American Grace: How Religion Unites and Divides Us. (Curiously, Dreher […]

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It’s not just about condoms

posted by Mark Silk

David Gibson has a fine wrap-up of the Great Condom Freak-out in today’s NYT Week in Review. His key point is that by justifying the use of condoms in certain cases as the lesser of evils, Pope Benedict has embraced […]

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Navy v. Quakers

posted by Mark Silk

The Puritans had many good qualities, but a commitment to religious tolerance was not exactly their forte. Particularly obnoxious to them were the Quakers, whose understanding of an “inner light” in all people ran seriously afoul of Calvinist ideas of […]

Catholic Right Sheathed on Condoms

posted by Mark Silk

Heads are exploding all over the Catholic Right (boom, boom, and boom) not because Pope Benedict has altered official Catholic teaching on condoms. (There is no official Catholic teaching on condoms per se.) It’s because (as the estimable Austin Ivereigh […]

Sauce for Bachmann’s goose

posted by Mark Silk

Michele Bachmann is such a fan of faith-based initiatives that Bachmann and Associates, the Christian counseling center she co-owns with her husband, has received $30,000 in Minnesota state funds over the past three years. It’s a place where, according to […]

How the Vatican adjusts itself

posted by Mark Silk

So now Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi has gone to the mountain and come back with confirmation that the pope not only said what he meant but also meant what Austin Ivereigh said he meant–that the use of condoms for […]

Benedict on condoms: No biggie?

posted by Mark Silk

That is the question. In the usual manner, there’s that tendency for those who like the way a papal statement sounds to make too much of it, and those who don’t, to make too little. And in the case of […]

Cleaning up the Faith-based Rules

posted by Mark Silk

Yesterday the White House put out its long-awaited executive order (reprinted after the jump) on the rules governing faith-based social service provision, and it’s a solid step forward over the 2002 Bush executive order it replaces. What it tracks, pretty […]

Dolan takes command of USCCB

posted by Mark Silk

By choosing New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan as their new president, the Catholic bishops opted to keep speaking loudly whatever the size of the stick they carry. Dolan is a glad-hander who, post-election, signaled that he’d be treading in the […]

A most intriguing tale

posted by Mark Silk

Of all the stories in American religion today, none may be more fascinating than the meltdown of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Levantine branch of Eastern Orthodoxy in America that has been led since 1966 by Metropolitan Philip Saliba. The […]

Linker’s Test

posted by Mark Silk

If we take seriously Damon Linker’s call for giving political candidates a religious test, what should the test look like? Unfortunately, this whole testing thing seems to have been a bit of a marketing afterthought to his new book, The […]

Catholic intellectual scuttlebutt

posted by Mark Silk

I was up at Boston College yesterday for an “author meets critics” session on Damon Linker’s provocative new book, The Religious Test, hosted by the Boisi Center. The other critic was Patrick Deneen of Georgetown, and the pregame chatter was […]

An Abortion Dissent

posted by Mark Silk

Let me put in a plug for George Dennis O’Brien’s new book, The Church and Abortion: A Catholic Dissent. No doubt that last word will immediately cause many pro-life Catholics to turn away without a second thought. But as my […]

Why Catholics don’t like Park51

posted by Mark Silk

Like Josh Marshall, I’ve been pondering the Gallup finding that Catholics are significantly more likely than “Protestants/Other Christians” to favor finding another location for the Park51 Islamic Center. Given that Protestants in the aggregate are, on most public issues, more […]

Aziz Ansari, non-Muslim

posted by Mark Silk

The president’s Gandhian pilgrimage to India has got me thinking about the way prominent Indian-Americans tend to efface their religious past. OK, so maybe there was no way Bobby Jindal could have gotten elected governor of Louisiana as a Hindu […]

Don’t Blame Me

posted by Mark Silk

I know you’ve all been waiting for me to explain why I get to drive around for the next two years with a “Don’t Blame Me I’m From Connecticut” bumper sticker. Here goes. The citizens who showed up at polls […]

GOP losers

posted by Mark Silk

The most celebrated losers on the Republican side this election year were Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, who in any previous cycle since 1980 would have been identified as paladins (paladines?) of the religious right. Angle is a Southern Baptist […]

Obama’s God Gap

posted by Mark Silk

OK, the aggregate House of Representatives exit poll shows that the good old God Gap is as wide as ever. Pew tells the story: In the great bathtub of voter behavior, everyone sloshed back towards the Republicans. That’s to say, […]

Fun facts from the election

posted by Mark Silk

* Among Delaware’s white college graduates, Christine O’Donnell loses by just three percentage points. * Among New York’s white males, Andrew Cuomo wins by just two percentage points. * In Pennsylvania, Sestak and Toomey split the Catholic vote. * In […]

Among the religionists

posted by Mark Silk

Two years ago, the excitement was palpable at the American Academy of Religion‘s annual gabfest in Chicago. The main hotel was the Magnificent Mile Hilton, from which you could look down at the white tents going up in Grant Park […]

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No more "social conservatives"
With the presidential election cycle getting up to speed, it's time for reporters and yakkers like me to stop writing about "social conservatives" as if they were an identifiable segment of the voting population. I say this as someone who has ...

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So clerical celibacy was not the problem?
Those on the Catholic left are not very happy that the Jay Report declines in no uncertain terms to blame clerical celibacy for the sexual abuse crisis. As the report puts it: Factors that remained consistent over this time period, such as ...

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