Category: Society & Common Good

Great Expectations?
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Great Expectations?

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Encouraging positive character development.

An Uncomfortable Religion
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An Uncomfortable Religion

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the controversy surrounding Indiana’s “religious freedom” law. Debates on this issue ultimately boil down to a question of liberty v. justice. Christian business owners invoke their First Amendment right to exercise their conscience when it comes to whose patronage they […]

Garissa University College, Kenya
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The Garissa University College Massacre

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So, why isn’t everybody talking about this?

Is Indiana’s Debate the Precursor to a Forbidden God?
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Is Indiana’s Debate the Precursor to a Forbidden God?

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No matter what side of the debate you find yourself on, the heated discussion surrounding Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom restoration act is infuriating. For those who honestly condemn bigotry it appears to be a discriminatory power grab, one that is nothing less than downright disheartening. For those who welcome the measure, they see a […]

A Catholic Perspective on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law
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A Catholic Perspective on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

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This past week Indiana adopted a state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). This law imposes a higher standard of review when the state or a local government passes laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion. However, the law has unfairly been characterized as legislation that would authorize, or even […]

Empty Houses
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Empty Houses

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Home is where… no one is. That seems to be the modern trend. City dwellers lead hectic lives, our suburbs are “bedroom communities”, and the talent of the next generation is quickly fleeing small rural towns. Our homes are empty for far too many hours of the day, and this trend has been steadily reshaping […]

The Profound Dignity of Motherhood
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The Profound Dignity of Motherhood

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Mothers are by far the most beautiful creatures in the world. There is nothing more beautiful than a mother. There has never been a beauty pageant winner more beautiful than a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman glows with the grace of God. She is one with God. Her love has borne fruit with the life […]

Sterilization Camps in India
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Sterilization Camps in India

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Anne Roback Morse gave an address on March 13, 2015 at the United Nations surrounding the Commission on the Status of Women at a panel titled, “Coerced Sterilizations, Abortions, and Reproductive Rights.” The following remarks are based on excerpts from that address. Last November, 83 women were sterilized in a matter of hours at a […]

D.C. Snow's Silver Lining
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D.C. Snow’s Silver Lining

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I admit it: I love the snow and the cold. I love to be outside, gazing up at the stars on cold, crisp evenings. I love how the snow blankets my hillsides. And most of all, I love how snow disrupts daily life — particularly in Washington, D.C. I lived in Washington for nearly eight […]

When Faith Falls Out of Fashion
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When Faith Falls Out of Fashion

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In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the abominations of the nations and polluting the Lord’s temple, which he consecrated in Jerusalem (2 Chr 36:14). This is what happens when faith falls out of fashion. The Israelites learned that the hard way. Is […]

Food Intervention, Government Style
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Food Intervention, Government Style

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“All right, tubby, if you aren’t going to stop sitting in front of the TV, eating fatty and sugary treats, maybe the government should force you to change your ways.” “Force me to change my ways? But I know what foods do and don’t make me tubby. I choose to live this way.” “Yeah, and […]

WI governor Scott Walker, August 23, 2014
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Attacks on Scott Walker Remind of Reagan

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Two recent episodes have parallels in Reagan’s life.

When the Slippery Slope is Real
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When the Slippery Slope is Real

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Many people lump together all of the social changes that have taken place in American history as part of one broad march of “progress” toward a more just society. If this view is correct, does the march of progress ever reach completion? There is a classic debate between progressives and traditionalists on social issues. It […]

God or Government?
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God or Government?

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By now, most people have heard something about Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s order defying a federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama. It didn’t take long for the Left’s culture warriors to issue sanctimonious condemnations of the judge’s order: “This is a pathetic, last-ditch attempt at judicial fiat by an Alabama Supreme Court justice—a man who […]

Detail from Fourth Page of Lincoln's Manuscript
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Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

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The One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary

ISIS Said to Have Begun Executing Captured Syrian Christians
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ISIS Said to Have Begun Executing Captured Syrian Christians

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By John Newton In a fast-developing, highly fluid story, there are now reports that ISIS has started killing hostages seized after it captures Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate—reportedly 15 kidnapped Christians may already be dead. In a message sent to Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 26, 2015, Iraq-based Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana […]

The FCC versus Internet Freedom
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The FCC versus Internet Freedom

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It’s time to move beyond giving indignant speeches.

Violent Population Control Continues in China
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Violent Population Control Continues in China

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Contrary to recent reports, China’s population control policy still systematically enforces a policy of coerced abortion, sterilization, and child abandonment. The propaganda, coercion, and violence used by the Chinese Family Planning police continues to violate the rights of Chinese women, men, and their unborn children. In November 2013, the Chinese government changed the regulations to […]

Obama: Faith-Based Groups Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions
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Obama: Faith-Based Groups Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions

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The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children. The public has until Monday […]

Awaiting Our Next George Washington
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Awaiting Our Next George Washington

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“Boy, here’s something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided.” “Maybe so, but we’ve been divided worse before.” “We were?” “Watch the History Channel series ‘Sons of Liberty.’ It dramatizes the heated arguments that took place among Colonial leaders, who had a lot to lose by declaring […]

Ode to Feminine Genius: Discovering Her Feminine Beauty
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Ode to Feminine Genius: Discovering Her Feminine Beauty

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A few months ago, my oldest daughter turned thirteen. Having my firstborn become our first teenager seemed almost anticlimactic; an especially precocious child, Honor has always seemed far older than she is. On paper, she’s in the 7th grade, but most of her homeschooling is from high school and college textbooks. Her height (5’5?), poise, and ability […]

Egyptian Catholic Copts Consecrate First-Ever Church in Sinai
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Egyptian Catholic Copts Consecrate First-Ever Church in Sinai

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“The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya.” Such was the reaction by Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by ISIS. The guest workers in Libya “suffered a holy death with prayers on their lips. They went […]

A Persian Slave by Emile Bayard (1837-1891)
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European Colonialism is the Only Thing That Modernized Islam

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ISIS believes it’s on the right side of history.

Marines, Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945
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Remembering Iwo Jima

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“It Was a Real Killing Field”

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