Category: Society & Common Good

SCOTUS Ruling on HHS Mandate Impacts Catholic Colleges
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SCOTUS Ruling on HHS Mandate Impacts Catholic Colleges

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The legal battle will continue for Catholic colleges and other religious nonprofits and institutions challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to send the issue back to lower courts. “We are nearing what seems to be a very happy ending to a terrible chapter in America’s […]

Little Sisters of the Poor Win at Supreme Court
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Little Sisters of the Poor Win at Supreme Court

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously protected the Little Sisters of the Poor from draconian government fines and recognized that the government does not need the Little Sisters to provide services such as the week after pill. The Court also noted the government finally admitted it could indeed meet its goals without involving the Little […]

Civil War and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Civil War and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Superhero movie fatigue is a strange phenomenon for older millennials. I grew up in a time when live action superhero films were rare and mostly subpar. The 1970’s Hulk was a bodybuilder in green paint. The 1980’s Punisher was played by Dolph Lundren, minus the iconic skull symbol. The 1990’s Captain America had rubber ears.   […]

USS Cole, Towed October 29, 2000.
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The Betrayal of the USS Cole

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Betrayed too many times to count.

Nigerian Bishops Ask Their President for Action on Christians' Rights
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Nigerian Bishops Ask Their President for Action on Christians’ Rights

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Nigeria’s Catholic bishops have in no uncertain terms asked their new president to enact and enforce policies that—in accordance with the country’s constitution—would guarantee fair treatment of Christians in the north of the country where they are often relegated to second-class status. Meeting May 2, 2016 with President Muhammadu Buhari, the bishops’ demands—voiced in a […]

Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy: Chaos and LGBT
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Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy: Chaos and LGBT

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As President Obama nears the end of his term his foreign policy remains indecipherable even to experts. His reticence in foreign affairs – even in cases of genocide – is legendary, except for one matter. A coordinated game plan on one key issue emerges through officials’ speeches, obscure overseas funding, even “buttonholing” diplomats in UN […]

Bored With the Culture Wars?
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Bored With the Culture Wars?

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If you’re bored with the culture wars, you are not alone. I often feel like Bill Murray’s character in Goundhog Day. Instead of having I Got You Babe seared into my brain on a daily basis, I wake up every morning to news of another skirmish in the culture wars. I read on Facebook that […]

Witnesses Tell UN of Genocide of Christians in Middle East
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Witnesses Tell UN of Genocide of Christians in Middle East

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Held by terrorist captors, an Iraqi woman named Khalia resisted their demands that she abandon her Christian faith.  Her story was told at the UN this week, along with other accounts of atrocities suffered by Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State, or ISIS. According to experts, […]

Dominican - Black Friar
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Western Civ in the Crosshairs

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Students are enmeshed with a secular worldview.

The Big Deal With Bathroom Laws
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The Big Deal With Bathroom Laws

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About ten years ago Regina and I were going through a stretch of pretty rough road together, and all the hidden fault lines in our marriage were exposed. My best friend who had been one of the priests on the altar at our wedding heard my confession one day and said, “Gerry, for your penance, […]

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The Fallacy of Focusing on Islamic Radicalization

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Islam is the unique cause of Islamic terrorism.

Putin Sends a Message to Obama
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Putin Sends a Message to Obama

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Weakness begs for bullying.

What’s the Deal with a $15 Minimum Wage?
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What’s the Deal with a $15 Minimum Wage?

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More money, fewer jobs.

In the City of the Decadents
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In the City of the Decadents

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Civilizations: Barbaric, Vigorous, Decadent.

US Presidential Election
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“Pigasus” for President: Chicago 1968 Speaks to 2016

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History doesn’t repeat itself, but it can rhyme.

Male Privilege and Women's Bathrooms
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Male Privilege and Women’s Bathrooms

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has become a whipping boy for the advocates of the latest round of the sexual revolution. The Human Rights Campaign has gathered a bunch of business owners to bully the governor in an attempt to get him to back down. “Your bigotry is bad for business,” is their mantra. […]

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Surrendering to ISIS is the Only Way to Defeat It

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Unlike our leaders, ISIS doesn’t confuse victory and defeat.

Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case
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Supreme Court Asks for Additional Briefs in Little Sisters Case

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Less than a week after it heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the U.S. Supreme Court took the unusual step of asking for additional information, telling both sides to discuss alternative ways to avoid forcing religious women to provide services against their faith. “This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court […]

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The Perils of Cooking Intelligence

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From Vietnam to ISIS

America's Act of Contrition
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America’s Act of Contrition

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The use and the abuse of apology as a political weapon, gambit, or statement has a long and varied history. It often includes a demand for a statement of sorrow and of responsibility, an “act of contrition.” Not a week goes by that some persons, group, institution, political party, or political leader requests (demands) an […]

Youmerica
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Youmerica

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Without virtues, politics are reduced to tribal emotion and personal greed.

An Eight-Member Court Can Work
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An Eight-Member Court Can Work

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Most of its decisions will not be close.

Smartly Stupid
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Smartly Stupid

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Genuine intelligence is threatening. Manufactured intelligence is soothing.

Patient Progress
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Patient Progress

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My son called from graduate school, somewhat discouraged. As part of his degree program, he works with ninth graders, spending his days trying to convince jaded 13 and 14 year olds to care about literature. He’s new to the field and discovering that the major struggle in teaching is not making a lesson plan, but […]

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