Category Archives: Recommended

Shorter Debate Analysis

There is no point in rehashing much of what has been sad about last night. By this point in your day your have either heard it all or read it all. But I do want to point out a few important reasons why I believe that Mitt Romney not only won the debate, but how […]

Keeping the Republic

When he emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, the story goes, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a local citizen what kind of government the Convention had devised for the nation. His famous response was, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Good government, especially democratic government, relies upon the character of the people. Democracy […]

Ryan vows contraception mandate ‘Will be gone’ on ‘Day 1′

Paul Ryan is putting his Catholic beliefs front and center as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Ryan has been campaigning around the country and the question of his Catholic faith is sometimes a topic that the media likes to confront him with,  in light of the fact Vice President Joe Biden is also Catholic. So […]

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Some Thoughts

Since the height of the industrial revolution in the late 19th century, when what we now call Catholic social teaching was first articulated, popes and bishops have been speaking out forcefully on a wide range of issues, none more frequently than the rights of workers. Underlying the Church’s insistence on workers’ rights is the unwavering […]

An Abortion Survivor Wants to Ask You a Question…

“Many children, more than you might think, actually survive failed abortions and are born alive. I know because I’m one of them.” Those are the opening words of a powerful new pro-life ad from Susan B. Anthony List. Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor whose life was saved by a nurse who heard her crying. She’s now […]

Just another trauma…

Timothy P. Carney has a remarkable column up at the Washington Examiner.  In the midst of the controversy surrounding Todd Akins’ foolish comments about rape and abortion, Carney takes the opportunity to address some hard truths. The column bears the headline, “When a horrific rape leads to an innocent life,” and I couldn’t recommend it […]

The Worst Archbishop Ever?

When Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was named the next Archbishop of San Francisco—a move that will take him across the Bay from Oakland—liberals became unhinged. They insisted that Cordileone was an arch-conservative! A culture warrior! A radical (but not in the way San Franciscans find endearing)! His appointment was perceived as a stick-in-the-eye to the famously […]

Paul Ryan’s Bishop Defends “Good Name” of his “Brother in Faith.”

As Carson Holloway pointed out yesterday, some progressive Catholics have been throwing around the “D” word in reference to Rep. Paul Ryan: Dissent! Many of their friends in the secular media have been parroting the same. The L.A. Times actually asks, “Should Paul D. Ryan be excommunicated?” I’m glad to know that the Times takes […]

Gay Marriage…Coming Soon to a (Democratic) Party Platform Near You!!!

In case you need the reminder, today’s Democratic Party is not your grandfather’s Democratic Party. To wit, it seems that support for gay “marriage” is about to debut as a plank in the Democratic Party platform this fall. Byron York has the story over at the Washington Examiner: On Monday, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., told […]

The U.S. is Not Norway (or Greece, or Germany, or Canada…)

In his Washington Post column on Monday, E.J. Dionne pointed to Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, and Germany as examples of countries where a social-democratic welfare state has produced the results we should be looking for: greater income equality and social mobility, more generous social benefits, and so on. “[W]e need more active and […]



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