Category Archives: Marriage

The Social Liability

Until recently, I was ambivalent about the redefinition of civil marriage.  My gut feeling – or perhaps it was a default to my parents’ view – told me I wanted to preserve the definition of marriage, but I had no idea how or why.  As a normal college student with plenty of friends and a [...]

Must-Read: Archbishop Chaput on How to Save the Culture

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in an essay at Public Discourse,  outlines a clear and concise plan of action for one of our most pressing tasks as 21st century Christians – converting the culture in which we live. In a short piece that will take you five minutes to read, Archbishop Chaput sets out [...]

Should Ryan Anderson Be Allowed to Vote?

Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation just had a bracing Twitter debate about marriage and civility with Josh Barro, a reporter for the New York Times.  You can read the entire exchange for yourself here, but I call attention to it as a particularly naked example of the phenomenon I posted about a few weeks [...]

“I Like Having Lots of Siblings Because…”

It was June. My phone had a new message on it from my daughter. She was away on mission in India. I gathered the children and plugged the phone into the speaker to listen. I immediately regretted playing it out loud. There was no voice, only rustling around. Then we heard shrieking and screaming. It [...]

Catholic at Heart: Pierce Brosnan’s Imperfect Yet Saving Faith

It would be a beautiful world if cradle Catholics remained faithful all their lives, and if converts (because, in this scenario, there wouldn’t be any reverts, like me) came to the Faith all unspotted and pure, with no nagging personal issues mucking up the place. A beautiful world, yes, but not this world. Let’s take [...]

Polygamy and Human Dignity

What is the relationship between monogamous marriage and a culture of human dignity?  I try to answer that question at Public Discourse. The core of my argument is that one way men, at least, learn to respect the dignity of other human beings is by being fathers.  Polygamy–by giving wealthy and powerful men many wives–denies [...]

Rules For Dating My Daughter

When I saw the buzzy Tumblr photo by Kristine Speare of her dad’s “Rules for Dating My Daughter” t-shirt, something bothered me about it. I get why it is popular. The dad-joke that says “Sure, date my daughter. I’ll spend the time you’re out cleaning my gun,”  never resonated with me … and always seemed a [...]

Who Needs Fathers? 20 Famous Partnerships

While expecting our second child, my wife and I went to the hospital for an orientation to make sure we didn’t try to go to the cardiovascular operating room instead of labor and delivery on the Big Day. The nurses and staff were all wonderful, but one thing really grated on our nerves. Everyone we [...]

Divorce, Remarriage, and Moral Tragedy

In a recent post I offered a few critical remarks on some things that Cardinal Kaspar said in an interview with Commonweal.  Cardinal Kaspar favors some effort to reform the Church’s refusal to admit the divorced and remarried to communion, at least in some cases. One of my points was that I think the cardinal [...]


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