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I keep harping on the law because this is election season and the shape at the law is at the heart of many of the disagreements out there. I also keep harping on it because there is so much sloppy […]

There is a lot of discussion in these here comboxes as well as all over the ‘net about the “failure” of the pro-life movement’s strategy over the past 35 years and the need for a new “strategy.” Sometimes this assertion […]

Some of your comments are heading to spam – some pretty consistently, no matter how many times I de-spam them (Chris S. and Clare K – I don’t know why!!! Must be something about the URL or email address you […]

Just released (pdf) (Specifically, over the names of Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Murphy) In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision knocked down laws against abortion in all 50 states, fabricating a constitutional “right” to abortion that continues […]

In 1984, I was in graduate school at Vanderbilt. At some point, there was some sort of informal gathering to discuss politics and religion.  I want to say it was held in conjunction with the anniversary of some civil rights […]

I have a pretty terrible memory, which is unfortunate. My children are forever saying to me, “Do you remember when..” and I look at them blankly, shaking my head. I’ve always taken comfort in what Flannery O’Connor said about her […]

Some recent good children’s reads for you: Long-term readers might recall my rhapsodizing a couple of years ago about a wonderful picture book called Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock. Here’s that post. Well, I’m happy to report that Adele […]

I decided to resurrect this feature because of the readings and the proximity to the election. Given that the First Reading concerned God’s use of the Persian King Cyrus to do His will and that the Gospel was the “render […]

At the new site, “Public Discourse,” which gave us the excellent piece from Dr. Robert George earlier this week, the text of a speech given today by Archbishop Chaput: It’s a torrent, and it’s powerful stuff. Meanwhile, the basic human […]

From the UK Catholic Herald: Around 4,000 Christians have escaped Mosul in northern Iraq to neighbouring villages, creating a potential humanitarian nightmare as winter approaches. Many left without any possessions after receiving written threats, and militants blew up at least […]