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Democracy & Religion in America - Michael Novak

What happens when religion is pulled out from the foundations of the republic? Alexis de Tocqueville reflected more deeply on the inherent weaknesses of democracy, stripped of religion, than anybody. His thesis went something like this: The premises of secular materialism do not sustain democracy, but undermine it, while the premises of Judaism and Christianity include and by inductive experience lead to democracy, uplift it, carry it over its inherent weaknesses, and sustain it.  Read more...

Dictatorship of Relativism - Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewald

A new intolerance is spreading, that is quite obvious. There are well-established standards of thinking that are supposed to be imposed on everyone.   Read more...

Dissecting the Anatomy of the Sexual Scandal - Joseph A. Varacalli

As the Catholic Church in the United States turned into the twenty-first century, it was rocked by revelations of sex abuse on the part of a not insignificant number of clergy, religious, and other Church personnel perpetuated on young children and, very much more so, on teenage youth.  Read more...

Divine Liturgy: East and West - Father George W. Rutler

It was in 1054 that the Church began to think in terms of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox instead of Western and Eastern Christianity.   Read more...

Do They Play Baseball in Heaven? - Brad Miner

My view of baseball is mystical.  Read more...

Does Christianity exist? - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

After President Obama’s Cairo lecture to the “Muslim World,” we may be permitted to wonder if a corresponding “Christian world” exists.  Read more...

Don’t Legalize Drugs - Theodore Dalrymple

Advocates have almost convinced Americans that legalization will remove most of the evil that drugs inflict on society. Don’t believe them.  Read more...

Double Standards are now Respectable on Campus and in Media - John Leo

Colleges can't say to parents, "Thanks for the $20,000. By the way, we've politicized the university, and we're going to indoctrinate your children and treat whites as oppressors."  Read more...

Driven to Despair - Theodore Dalrymple

The other day I hailed a taxi in London and was delighted to find that the driver was playing Beethoven to himself.   Read more...

Drunk, But Not on Whiskey - Anthony Esolen

We have the worst of both worlds: a Prohibitionary State that gives license to all kinds of evil, but that regulates and restricts actions that are not evil, to manage the chaos that results from the license.  Read more...

Easter vs. Irony - George Weigel

At the beginning of Lent, I was sent a moving account of the recent funeral procession of a young American soldier, which took place near his hometown in the South.  Read more...

Economy of grace - Michael Coren

Just as it's usually only beautiful people who pretend that good looks don't matter, it's generally the rich who tell us that money isn't particularly important.   Read more...

Empty 'Spiritualism' - Tony Snow

If you walk into just about any chain bookstore in this nation and stroll to the "religion" section, you'll find some Bibles and commentaries - but you'll also find volume after volume of new-age froth, including a title of striking redundancy: "Spiritualism for dummies."  Read more...

Engaging Advent - Father George W. Rutler

T.S. Eliot belabored the obvious in saying, “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”  Read more...

Entertainment - Father George W. Rutler

Catholicism has long distinguished itself from Puritanism in its joyful embrace of feasts and recreation.  Read more...

Everything Proves It - Dale Ahlquist

How do we know the Catholic faith is true? Because everything proves that it is true.   Read more...

Exploitative reality shows degrade us, too - Colleen Carroll Campbell

The excruciatingly public marital troubles between Jon and Kate Gosselin reached their predictable denouement Monday when the reality television stars announced their impeding divorce before an audience of 10.6 million.   Read more...

Faith at the Finish Line in Boston - Jennifer Graham

Conspicuously absent from photographs of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings are any clerical collars or images of pastoral care.  Read more...

Family Decline: A Political Response and a Religious Response - PAUL C. VITZ

Paul Vitz, in this concluding chapter, outlines both a political and a religious response to the crisis of the family. Vitz begins by reviewing evidence from the social sciences of the tragic social and economic costs which large numbers of single-parent and divorced families have wrought, concluding that the state's self-interest should push it to support strong traditional families.  Read more...

Farewell to ‘this other Eden’ - Rex Murphy

The England of pageant, chivalry, order, reserve and stoicism — the noble England — is no more.  Read more...

Feasting with Caesar - Father George W. Rutler

In the wake of the recent hurricane, a sibilant television commentator said, "I'm so glad we had that storm."  Read more...

FEMA, Taxpayers, Faith and Charity - Raymond J. Keating

Should taxpayers subsidize churches and other religious groups for charitable aid supplied in response to natural disasters?  Read more...

Football Hero: Winning is Just Step One in His Mission - Brian McGuire

Josh Heupel led his team, the Oklahoma Sooners, to an undefeated season and this school year’s college football national championship. Then, the Associated Press named him player of the year. So did the Sporting News. He was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. But all of that isn’t what’s most impressive about Josh Heupel. “He has really given his life to God and is trying to live up to what God’s plan is for him,” explains his mother.  Read more...

Forgiveness and Irony - Roger Scruton

What makes the West strong.  Read more...

Forgiving Criminals – Punishing the Sick - Theodore Dalrymple

Whereas once it was the law-abiding and respectable citizen who was most highly valued, it is now the law-breaker and the bearer of social pathology who is to be cherished.  Read more...


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