Category: The Social Order

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 […]

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.

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

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Civilizations: Barbaric, Vigorous, Decadent.

Youmerica
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Youmerica

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

Smartly Stupid
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Smartly Stupid

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Genuine intelligence is threatening. Manufactured intelligence is soothing.

An Unholy Alliance: When Mob Forgiveness Meets Selective Grace
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An Unholy Alliance: When Mob Forgiveness Meets Selective Grace

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A small town in Missouri recently came under fire for rallying around an accused child sex offender and shunning the abuse victim—even after the offender pleaded guilty in court. “If it takes a village to raise a child,” said a local prosecuting attorney, “what is a child to do when the village turns its back […]

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving … But Not to God
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Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving … But Not to God

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This is historical fraud, forgery, perjury.

Presidents and Thanksgiving
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Presidents and Thanksgiving

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America has been abundantly blessed.

Paris, Brussels, and 21st Century Europe
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Paris, Brussels, and 21st Century Europe

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21st-century Europe will be extremely chaotic.

Pope Francis vs. the “Demon” of Gender Theory
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Pope Francis vs. the “Demon” of Gender Theory

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Liberals and conservatives need to pay closer attention.

On Obedience to "the Law."
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On Obedience to “the Law.”

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In Pope Francis’ recent meeting with Kim Davis, the Holy Father’s expression of gratitude for Kim’s courage has dismayed liberal Americans.  The LA Times editorial board felt it sent a “deeply disappointing message.” In his press conference on the plane home to Rome, Pope Francis seemed to affirm Kim Davis’ conscientious objector status, notwithstanding her […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Cherry-Picking Pope Francis

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This pope is neither liberal nor conservative.

American Churches 20 Years from Now
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American Churches 20 Years from Now

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For generations it’s been easy to live as a Christian in America. We have lived in a culture that largely assumed and supported Christianity or at least Christian moral principles. Even the Deists among our Founding Fathers operated within the structural framework and assumptions that undergird Christianity. Over the past few decades, we have seen […]

What is Past is Prologue: Dietrich von Hildebrand’s “Battle”
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What is Past is Prologue: Dietrich von Hildebrand’s “Battle”

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Under pressure of opposition, Catholic doctrine has usually developed out of necessity. For example, much of the Nicene Creed (AD 325) was a response to the threat from Arianism. Similarly, the Protestant Revolution prompted the Council of Trent to reform Catholicism. Likewise the pressures associated with a powerful regime of political oppression and overt evil […]

Teach a Haitian Orphan to Sew and You Can Clothe Him for Life
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Teach a Haitian Orphan to Sew and You Can Clothe Him for Life

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There is an old proverb that says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Indeed, the best form of charity is to show people how to be self-reliant. It’s not the only form of charity; often immediate measures […]

Historic Prayer for the United States
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Historic Prayer for the United States

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For the welfare of the Republic.

persecution, crucifixion, crucifix, cross, suffering
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Faith in Action

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“I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing […]

Something to Teach Your Kids
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Something to Teach Your Kids

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It’s a Hallmark holiday, but Father’s Day can be a chance to reflect a bit on our children and their future. As a father of one son (and soon to be two), I am a member of a shrinking subset in modern America. Increasingly, many people like me aren’t getting married, some aren’t having children […]

Trigger Nation
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Trigger Nation

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Young students obsessed with “triggers” and safety need to take time for some serious self-reflection, writes Peggy Noonan in a witty and slightly-acerbic Wall Street Journal column. Noonan breaks down this call for caution, sensitivity, comfort, and safety in America’s college classrooms. She tells young people they are requiring too much of others and that […]

The Future of Freedom Hinges on Faith
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The Future of Freedom Hinges on Faith

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In a May 2014 article entitled, “Can Christianity in the West Endure?” I expressed concerns about the fate of the Christian faith under the stewardship of current and future generations of western believers. I concluded thusly: “But for Christians lucky enough to live in the free West, we have in large part become complacent and […]

Great Expectations?
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Great Expectations?

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Encouraging positive character development.

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