Category Archives: Marriage

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 [...]

Cardinal Kaspar on Marriage, Divorce, and Communion

Cardinal Kaspar is a famous churchman who seems to favor some revision of the way the Church handles the question of divorce, remarriage, and admission to holy communion.  He discusses this, and some other things, in this interview with Commonweal. The cardinal makes some good points about mercy, and about the problems facing the Church [...]

Black Pastors: If Gay Marriage Wins, Martin Luther King Died in Vain

  If President Obama was expecting full support from the black community for his relentless push for gay marriage, he just got a loud and clear response: No way. At a recent rally, a large group of black pastors voiced their strong opposition to gay marriage. The rally was held against the backdrop of the [...]

US Embassy to Vatican: Celebrate LGBT Day With Us!

Our embassy to the Holy See was established to promote goodwill between the United States and the Vatican. Under the Obama administration, however, it has at best done nothing and at worst it actively harms our relationship with the Holy See. Today for instance the embassy staff took a break from posting selfies and asking [...]

Premature Talk of Surrender on Marriage

Some suggest that conservatives should or will surrender in the current contest over the meaning of marriage.  Such suggestions are premature, I argue in an article at Public Discourse.  I think that for both principled and pragmatic reasons we should not expect to see the conservative movement giving up on this issue any time soon. [...]

The Culture of Life is a Culture of Motherhood

Let’s talk about diapers: a newborn baby will need 2,500 diapers in the first year, and many more after that, but state-run programs like WIC and SNAP don’t address even basic needs like diapers. The fight to end abortion grabs headlines, but the press pays little attention to the mundane needs of the single mother [...]

Catholicism and the Nature of Marriage

I have sometimes seen well-intentioned commentators say that the Church needs to insist that a Christian marriage is only between a man and a woman.  Similarly, I have seen others make an argument that the Church should get out of the culture war over the definition of civil marriage, and just retreat to, and defend [...]

Why is Racism Different?

A few weeks ago, conservatives rushed to support Brendan Eich, so if we are consistent, why shouldn’t we defend Donald Sterling too? One could argue that even if the First Amendment does not apply, it is morally objectionable for a person to be deprived of his livelihood for his beliefs–even if they are demonstrably wrong. After all, [...]


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