Columns and Articles 2015
May the Pope Challenge Obama’s ‘Freedom of Worship’ Talk for the Sad, Watered Down Thing That It Is - With Pope Francis’ arrival in Washington, DC this week, it was fitting that Catholic University of America together with Baylor University and the Religious Freedom Project of the Berkley Center at Georgetown University held a Religious Freedom Summit.
Keeping the Human in Humanity - The above-the-fold photo on the front page of the Washington Post my first day back from vacation was of the police officer recovering the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi dead the surf on a Turkish beach.
The Abolition of Nature and the Abolition of Man - While plenty of products are foisted on us as “natural,” let’s be honest, they’re not and we know it.
Sexual ‘Liberation’ on Campus has Led to the Death of Freedom - Minutes before the wedding in the movie The Philadelphia Story, the groom, George Kittredge (John Howard), accuses the bride, Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn), of having an “affair.”
The Supreme Court’s Activist Majority Fundamentally Misunderstands Freedom - There’s no better time to consider and to celebrate our freedom than on the Fourth of July, Independence Day. But what does it mean to be “free”?
In Search of Epic Hope in a Sorry Age - “Saying there were no other options remaining and that continued intervention would only prolong the nation’s suffering,” the article begins, “experts concluded Tuesday that the best course of action is to keep the United States as comfortable as possible until the end.” Since we’re doomed anyway, palliative care is the best choice.
Our Culture Abandoned Marriage Long Ago - Jessie, after twenty years of marriage, is in the market for an affair.
C. S. Lewis and the Secular Mindset - “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining,” states a new Pew research study, “while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.” And that should surprise no one.
Courage: The Cure for News-Weariness - I’ve been news-weary. Why? Well, just look at the news.
Dashed Hopes for Spring: The Chill of Religious Tyranny - Here in Lander, Wyoming the weather Tuesday was in the seventies, breezy and brilliantly sunny. Wednesday brought the thirties, grey skies, and snow. Spring does not come to the mountains without multiple relapses into winter.
Politics During Holy Week: Putting First Things First - The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus famously observed, “The first thing to say about politics is that politics is not the first thing.” And there is no better time to remind ourselves of that truth than during Holy Week.
A Tale of Two Coasts: Religious Freedom and the Churches - The Washington, DC City Council is doing its best to strip Catholic schools of their Catholic identity. ... Meanwhile in San Francisco, schoolteachers, parents, alumni, and students are doing their best to strip Catholic schools of their Catholic identity.
To Hell With Dante - For reasons now unfathomable, as a freshman in high school I read Dante's Inferno. Remembering little to nothing of that first journey through the horrors of Hell, I recently decided it was time to begin the great poem again.
Is It Good to Be Nice?: Why We Need To Rethink Our Ideas of "Nice" and "Mean"-“Abortion Is Mean.” So read the bumper sticker on my pastor’s car some years ago. Moral arguments kept falling short, so, he said, the tactics were switched. People understand “mean” and want to be “nice.”