Category Archives: Marriage

Pride & Prejudice’s Rational Romance, a Lesson for our Times

  Humanity is awash in romantic narratives—from Anna Karenina to 50 Shades of Grey—that distort the nature of love, and feed our imaginations’ images of love as something overly emotional and sensual, from which it is difficult to break free. In Love and Responsibility, John Paul II writes that: “sensuality and emotionalism create states of […]

The Meaning of Marriage and Freedom of Thought

The struggle over the meaning of marriage is leading to, or has perhaps already led to, a struggle over the freedom of the mind–freedom of thought and speech.  So we are reminded by Ryan Anderson in his new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. As Anderson warns, some American figures–not content […]

Is Kim Davis a Religious-Freedom Hero?

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is at the center of a debate among Christians. The problem is that her signature appears on all marriage licenses issued by her office. She decided that she could not in good conscience certify as marriages relationships that […]

Vatican Issues Long-Awaited Statement on Gay Penguins

No, for real. You used to have to make this stuff up.  Not anymore. This is what happened: An Italian lesbian wrote a children’s book about two gay penguins who adopt a baby penguin and raise it as their own.  The book found its way onto the reading lists of some primary schools.  Sounds about […]

Why Am I Such a Jerk to ‘Gay’ People?

  Over the last couple years, and most recently in light of my Crisis essay on the August conference on same-sex attraction in Detroit ( ), I’ve gotten hammered publicly by fellow Catholics for challenging the views of some Catholics regarding homosexuality. This sometimes has gotten quite ugly, with much ink spilled accusing me of […]

Josh Duggar, Sam Rader and Ashley Madison — Walking the Talk Is Everything

By now, if you’ve read the news at all, you know that a company called Ashley Madison, which marketed itself as a way for married men and women to meet people with whom to commit adultery (apparently they weren’t all that good at it), was hacked. Names, email addresses and other info for the site’s […]

Does Ashley Madison have Grounds to Complain?

As is now well known, somebody hacked into the website of Ashley Madison–an online firm that facilitates adultery–and then posted a lot of its information on the internet.  Now the company is facing a large class action lawsuit on behalf of clients whose information was, they claim, inadequately safeguarded.  Understandably, those who run the site […]

Same-Sex Marriage and Interracial Marriage: Not the Same Thing

An argument that is often pressed by proponents of same-sex marriage is that it presents just the same issue as interracial marriage.  On this view, opposition to same-sex marriage is just the same as opposition to interracial marriage by the bigots of yesteryear.  I don’t think this is a good comparison, and I argue the […]

NFL Wife Kirsten Watson: God Says, ‘I Want You to Know Me’

She’s wife to New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, mother to four (Grace, Naomi, Isaiah and Judah), with one more on the way — and a college athlete in her own right — but the thing that Kirsten Watson wants most is to be a “good daughter” to God. And she feels that love, […]

Trolls, Marriage, and A Modern-Day Warrior

Some public figures are plagued by paparazzi. Others, by trolls. As well-spoken as he is outspoken, Dr. Ryan Anderson has become a world leader in the pro-marriage movement, advocating for the rights of children to have a mother and a father whenever possible. Beginning with his book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense,” co-authored by […]



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