Rod Dreher
June 2010 Archives

I listened over the weekend to a Fresh Air podcast interview with S.C. “Sam” Gwynne, a talented Texas writer who has just published a book that I’ve got to find time to read: “Empire of the Summer Moon.” (The New […]

Writing in The American Conservative, Brian Doherty argues that libertarians are more open to insights gleaned from literature than conservatives are. That’s an interesting topic, but not one I’m interested to discuss here. This insight, at the end of Doherty’s […]

Tony Woodlief is a wise man. Excerpt: People are inherently self-centered, and especially in a peaceful, prosperous society, this easily leads to self-indulgence that in turn can make us weak and ignoble. There’s something to be said for ordeals — […]

Pope Benedict today issued a strong denunciation of the extraordinary police raid in Belgium on church properties — including police prying into tombs of deceased Belgian archbishops. Excerpt: In an exceedingly rare personal message and rebuke of a sovereign country, […]

The Country of Marriage I. I dream of you walking at night along the streams of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs of birds opening around you as you walk. You are holding in your body […]

Camille Paglia thinks it’s ridiculous that middle-class white people have to rely on pills to rev up their sex lives — and that that fact indicates a deeper cultural malaise: In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, […]

We’ve been arguing in a thread below about the morality of a Minnesota gay reporter infilitrating a support group for gay Catholics and other gay Christians seeking help living chastely, and outing a closeted Lutheran pastor who attended the group. […]

Just got back from the wedding of Sarah “Daughter of TMatt” Mattingly and Jeremy Wagner, at Sarah’s home parish, Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, in suburban Baltimore. If you had any doubt that these great kids were meant for each […]

Joe Carter of First Things makes an astonishingly moving plea to fathers to move heaven and earth to stay with their children. How’s this for a head-snapper?: I first read that passage in 1995, the year I myself became a […]

So concludes a new study, summed up this way by Ross Douthat: There’s no escaping peer effects: If your friends or neighbors or relatives get divorced, you’re more likely to get divorced — even if it’s only on the margins […]