Category: Society & Common Good

Martin Luther King Jr. - Berlin - September 13, 1964
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Martin Luther King and the Berlin Wall

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A speech that has slipped through the cracks of time.

"This Is What a Feminist Looks Like"
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The Unbearable Lightness of Feminism

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Feminism is a prisoner of the Left.

Ode to Feminine Genius: the Merciful Woman
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Ode to Feminine Genius: the Merciful Woman

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Four years ago, my husband became someone else almost overnight. We’d been married for more than a decade and I’d always known I’d gotten one of the good ones. My husband was naturally compassionate, attentive to me and our children, and easygoing about most things. Reprinted with permission from Catholic Sistas. But then it was […]

Empty Full Pews
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Empty Full Pews

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Christianity Today’s online magazine Parse recently posited that the rise of the automobile laid the groundwork for the modern megachurch. It’s a recommended read that gets to the crux of a problem in modern Christianity – a problem that cars only amplified: our self-centeredness. There are, of course, plenty of God-fearing Christians attending megachurches, but […]

The One-Issue Voter
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The One-Issue Voter

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Will you stand for righteousness, come what may?

21st-Century Federal Debt Interest
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Still a Bottomless Pit

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Shouldn’t this figure be newsworthy?

Washington - Capitol - Mall - Monument
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Congress Makes History

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I honestly didn’t think I’d ever live to see it.

Worst-hit Nigerian Diocese is Reeling from Boko Haram Attacks
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Worst-hit Nigerian Diocese is Reeling from Boko Haram Attacks

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“People are dying every day and in most cases with no one to give them a decent burial–they are left to rot; their homes and properties looted.” Since 2009 and the start of Boko Haram’s reign of terror in Nigeria, the Diocese of Maiduguri has been the worst hit by attacks from the extremist Islamic […]

Saudi Women
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The Savage Lands of Islam

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Where Islam goes, the desert rises.

Time for a Leaner, Smarter Penal System
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Time for a Leaner, Smarter Penal System

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This week the Washington Post drew attention to a new Pew poll indicating that a majority of Americans believe it’s time to move away from the policy of mandatory minimum sentencing in nonviolent criminal cases. Many people probably don’t realize that in many instances involving criminal sentencing, judges aren’t actually permitted to do their jobs and judge. Their discretion […]

Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law
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Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law

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In the ongoing Kentucky U.S. Senate race, both candidates have accused the other of supporting “amnesty” for “illegal immigrants” and of not upholding the rule of law. Immigration is a complex issue, and the laws governing it are even more complex. Political campaigns, at least in our day, are not well-suited to serious debates about […]

Christians Struggle to Rebuild Their Lives in Syria
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Christians Struggle to Rebuild Their Lives in Syria

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“War is a terrible and cruel thing.” SISTER MARIA of Nazareth has committed herself to an extraordinary mission. The Argentinian nun from the Institute of the Incarnate Word has been living in Aleppo, Syria, for the past two months, ministering to a traumatized Christian community in the former million-strong metropolis in the north of the […]

Jail Bars and Hands
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Dangerous Liaisons: Martha Coakley and Bernard Baran

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Justice is obscured when prosecutors use criminal convictions to bolster political ambition. Justice is defeated when prosecutors deny their mistakes to get elected. The French word, “liaison” comes from an older French word, related to the Latin word, “ligere”, meaning “to bind together.” Somewhere in its tangled etymological history, “liaison” was transformed in common usage […]

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko
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When the Communists Murdered a Priest

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Fr. Popieluszko was beatified in 2010.

The Loss of Christian Empathy
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The Loss of Christian Empathy

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Maclean’s recently featured a compelling summary of our rapidly-deteriorating communities titled “The End of Neighbours.” The expertly-written piece by Brian Bethune is one of the better articles you’ll read this year, and it gets at a key tragedy that is particularly convicting for a Christian conservative: We have forsaken our neighbors. For decades, Americans and Canadians have been […]

In Lebanon, a Major Catholic Village Walks its Way of the Cross
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In Lebanon, a Major Catholic Village Walks its Way of the Cross

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The village of Kaa is in the north of the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border. It has a population of some 13,000 Christians, most of them Melkites. After the city of Zahle, this is the home of the country’s the largest Catholic population. Kaa is surrounded by mostly Shiite Muslim communities. Kaa has […]

Population Projections Prompt Predictable Panic, Pundits Push Problematic Policies
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Population Projections Prompt Predictable Panic, Pundits Push Problematic Policies

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It’s a familiar ritual. The media response to the latest UN population projections splits between casual interest and panic with a heaping side dish of policy recommendations. To the alarmists, the prospect that population growth may stabilize after the year 2100 instead of before represents a call to action. At a press conference, UN official […]

Some Good Legal News
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Some Good Legal News

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In 2013 the Texas legislature passed, and Governor Rick Perry signed, enormously significant pro-life legislation that helps to protect the unborn child and the health of the mother of the unborn child. The law prohibits the killing of the unborn after 20 weeks gestation, requires any physician performing abortions at abortion facilities in the State […]

Homes for Those Without a Place
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Homes for Those Without a Place

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The idea of home, of a sense of place, is a vital thread in conservative thought. It’s crucial to the conservative emphasis on community, family, and local institutions. Yet amid the incessant discussions on this theme, it’s easy to forget how such a basic good as a literal home is unobtainable for so many homeless […]

Image Tweeted August 9, 2014
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Covering Up Islamic Terrorism for Fun and Profit

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Ideas are roads to conclusion, and conclusions lead to policies.

Marriage Still Matters
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Marriage Still Matters

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A recent Pew study made headlines last week, revealing that “as values, economics, and gender patterns change . . . the share of American adults that have never been married is at an historic high.” According to the report “adults are marrying later in life, and the shares of adults cohabiting and raising children outside […]

President Obama’s Skipped Intelligence Briefings
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President Obama’s Skipped Intelligence Briefings

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I’m not asking for a perfect president.

Vatican: UN Committee “A Sword Against Freedom of Religion”
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Vatican: UN Committee “A Sword Against Freedom of Religion”

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The Vatican accused a UN committee of intolerance against Christians and interfering with the free exercise of religion in a scathing reply to a UN committee released to the press last Friday. The Vatican’s official response to explosive comments made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child earlier this year, which told […]

Common Core
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Wake Up, Conservatives!

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Conservatives should favor local autonomy over top-down control.

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