Mark Stricherz

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Is Rod Dreher Smarter than a Baltimore-Catechism Educated Fifth Grader?

Over at his blog on The American Conservative’s site, Rod Dreher criticizes my argument in support of the reintroduction of the old Baltimore Catechism. Dreher implies that reintroducing the text wo... More

Will Social Conservativism Win the Day?

Over at The Wall Street Journal, James Taranto argues that regardless of the outcome of the GOP’s presidential nomination, Rick-Santorum style social conservatism will grow in size and importance: ... More

Re: The Baltimore Catechism and Blue-Collar Catholics

A reader responds to my post about the Baltimore Catechism by wondering why I would want to dumb down Church teaching: I am over 71 years of age and have only a high school education. I remember ... More

The Baltimore Catechism and Blue-Collar Catholics

Sociologist Charles Murray’s new book has inspired a lot of useful discussion about the decline of America’s working class. In Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, Murray shows tha... More

Is Rick Santorum a Miser?

[caption id="attachment_27063" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="The Family Santorum"][/caption]Over at The New York Times, columnist Charles Blow criticizes Rick Santorum for not donating more... More

(UPDATED) SPECIAL REPORT: Pro-Sebelius Catholic Group Splinters

[caption id="attachment_26284" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius"][/caption]Three years ago, 26 prominent American Catholics signed an online petition in support... More

Did the Military Archdiocese Cave to the Obama Administration?

[caption id="attachment_26199" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio"][/caption]Via Michael Brendan Dougherty at Business Insider, I read that many Catholic Army... More

UPDATE: Some Bishops Vow Civil Disobedience Against HHS Contraception Mandate

Over at dotCommonweal, Grant Gallicho reports that Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix announced that his diocese will not comply with the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate... More

Gingrich’s Marital Standard and Ours: In Health But Not Sickness

In his post yesterday about Newt Gingrich’s history of extra-marital affairs and divorces, my colleague Carson Holloway said that the former House speaker was guilty of personal moral failings, irre... More

Progressive Catholics Can Avoid the Dixiecrats’ Fate

In protest of the impending federal contraception mandate, Michael Sean Winters declared that he will not vote for President Obama’s reelection this fall: Catholics built their colleges and uni... More



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