Category Archives: Culture

John Paul II, Abortion, and Democracy

Pope John Paul II–who will be canonized this Sunday–is well known as a strong critic of abortion.  Less well known, although still worthy of our attention, is his argument about the relationship between abortion and democracy. That argument is noteworthy in the first place just because it was made at all.  John Paul II understood [...]

Can Father Kelly’s ‘Hallelujah’ Begin Healing Catholic Ireland’s Heart?

Why has one Irish priest’s soaring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during an April 5 wedding at Catholic church in County Meath spread like wildfire through Ireland and around the world, turning into an Internet sensation? And Father Ray Kelly has done it before. This is from March 22, 2014. While questions could be asked about [...]

In Defense of Edmund Burke

Craig Shirley has an article at Breitbart in which he has some critical words for some contemporary Republicans, with which I will not argue.  He also has some critical words for the great British conservative Edmund Burke, with which I will argue. Here’s Shirley on Burke (among other things): High Tories, Neo Cons, Establishmentarians, Big [...]

10 Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul II Existed

The saints who will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning a week of events leading up to the naming of our St. John Paul II Student Center on his canonization day, we [...]

“He saw the city and wept over it”

In American electoral politics, we take for granted that liberals will win in the cities and conservatives will win in the country with the suburbs up for grabs. However, this is increasingly an untenable position as inner suburbs have moved to the left over the past few decades. In the latter half of the 20th [...]

Who is responsible for Brendan Eich’s firing? They all are. We all are.

I guess I should feel encouraged that some part of America is still uncomfortable with what happened to Brendan Eich last week. He was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla (which makes Firefox) after it came to light that he donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign back in 2008. And actually, the [...]


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