Category Archives: Politics

Don’t Be an Anti-Trump Hypocrite

Like so many of my friends on Facebook, I would put Donald Trump as number 4 million on my list of preferred presidential candidates, somewhere below a write-in campaign for Mickey Mouse. Like so many of my Catholic circle of friends, I would love to see the next president of the United States be a […]

Five of your favorite bishops respond to Planned Parenthood videos

Sean Cardinal O’Malley (Archdiocese of Boston) “The most recent revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions, and to alter abortion methods not for any reason related to women’s health but to obtain more “intact” organs, is the latest demonstration of a callousness toward women and their unborn children that is […]

Atheist Camille Paglia Doesn’t Require Agreement to Give Respect

She’s a “gender nonconforming entity” who grew up in Eisenhower’s America (as talked about in this video interview with Libertarian magazine Reason) a writer, cultural critic, university professor, lesbian feminist who celebrates masculine values (and men that exhibit them), lapsed-Catholic-turned-atheist (as she discussed with America magazine), straight talker and deep thinker — and she’s my […]

Who Is Francis? South America Edition

When I shared my favorite Pope Francis quotes from his South America trip, I had to leave off a few. That’s a shame: They were precisely the ones that might give comfort to those Americans who feel a little sketchy about Pope Francis right now. Pope Francis is at a strange point in his popularity […]

Simply Stated: What’s Wrong with the Obergefell Ruling

The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is required by the Constitution will surely produce a mountain of books and articles in the coming years (and has already produced a huge amount of online comment).  Catholics, of course, will say that it is wrong about the substantive question of the definition of marriage.  That debate […]

Patriotism and Piety: As American as the Fourth of July

Some people want to minimize as much as possible the role of religion in America’s public life.  To do this, however, they have to do violence to America’s historical identity.  America’s government has no religious identity: hence the First Amendment prohibition on an “establishment of religion,” as well as the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests […]

One Thing All Catholics Should Remember

Recently, I re-stumbled upon a peculiar YouTube video, depicting the beginning of the funeral of Otto von Habsburg, the former head of the famous House of Habsburg. He lived through both World Wars and vigorously opposed Nazism and Communism. His list of accomplishments is long, and as a devoted (and perhaps overzealous) Catholic, he grabbed […]

The Supreme Court and Modern Marriage

Obviously the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage provides a lot of material for discussion.  I am still digesting it (not having read the dissents yet), but one thing stands out to me from my reading of Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion.  The Court’s argument here, and some of the past precedents to which it refers, […]

King v. Burwell and the Future of Religious Liberty

Many Catholics and other Americans are no doubt wondering about the implications of the same-sex marriage case for the future of religious liberty.  That is a discussion the country is certainly going to be having.  I noticed, however, one effort to connect the King v. Burwell ruling (on the question of whether the Affordable Care […]



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