Category Archives: Culture


by on April 9th, 2015

Anti-Catholic animus or simple error disguised as history or art will not advance our understanding of a complex and divided period of conflict.

by on April 7th, 2015

Monica Lewinsky has reappeared on the national stage and is speaking out against cyberbullying. Perhaps she should consider addressing the breakdown of the American family instead.

by on March 24th, 2015

In the fight against sexual assault on campus, Title IX is not so much powerful as it is pliable, subject to the competency of school officials and the potential for untruthfulness in either the accuser or the accused.

by on March 23rd, 2015

By dropping our digital masks and, in the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, letting ourselves be “tamed,” we become “unique in all the world.” Truly loving another person draws us beyond ourselves.

by on March 19th, 2015

Dolce and Gabbana, whether they use the term or not, are strong advocates of natural law.

by on March 12th, 2015

The way that a culture understands the nature of God shapes its conception of man, reason, and society. Though this presents enormous challenges for the Islamic world, it also has significant implications for the sustainability of Western civilization.

by on March 9th, 2015

Christianity hasn’t been considered and found untenable. It’s presumed unreasonable and left unconsidered.

by on March 4th, 2015

Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 150 years old today, is as pertinent as ever. It reminds us that we must resist the poisonous temptation to see those with whom we disagree as bitter enemies even as we vigorously defend the moral truths that ought to guide our public life.

by on February 17th, 2015

Neurons that fire together wire together. BDSM causes the neural networks controlling sexual arousal, aggression, and fear to become dangerously intertwined. An examination of the phenomenon of BDSM from the perspective of a psychiatrist.

by on February 5th, 2015

Teens struggling with their sexual identity may seem to have more options than they did in the 1980s—but one important option is increasingly denied to them.

by on January 23rd, 2015

The family is only whole and safe when it is founded on the complementarity of masculine and feminine.

by on January 13th, 2015

The most prominent Catholic character on television consistently employed religious themes and theological motifs on his award-winning TV show—never more glaringly so than in the series’ grand finale

by on January 12th, 2015

Dignity, rightly understood, has less to do with autonomy or independence than with intrinsic worth and the ability to flourish.

by on January 6th, 2015

With his intelligence and his oratorical gifts, Mario Cuomo could have been the true champion of the little guy—the littlest of all—if he had kept the Democratic Party from becoming captive to the abortion interest.

by on December 19th, 2014

Christmas isn’t tasteful, isn’t simple, isn’t clean, isn’t elegant. Give me the tacky and the exuberant and the wild, to represent the impossibly boisterous fact that God has intruded in this world.

by on December 8th, 2014

Only political reform can fight the system that protects rapists on college campuses.

by on December 5th, 2014

A new study gives in-depth information about Americans' view about sex, religion, marriage, and family. Though there’s lots of bad news, there are also some encouraging results.

by on December 2nd, 2014

A new book by George Marsden offers a fresh analysis of American culture and religion in the 1950s. It also presents a way forward, based on the concept of “principled pluralism.”

by on November 12th, 2014

Untethered to an “establishment” and or a “mainstream” that needs to be placated, today’s conservative students can experiment freely with impolitic ideas—perhaps more closely approaching the truth in the process.

by on September 18th, 2014

In a society in which the profit motive tends to make all other interests subordinate to the almighty dollar, Chick-fil-A’s founder declared that the store would not be open on the Sabbath.

by on September 4th, 2014

Refusing to make exceptions to absolute moral norms is not unrealistic, imprudent, or inhumane. The purpose of norms is to promote human flourishing and protect what is good

by on September 4th, 2014

Today’s global citizenship movement emphasizes human rights disconnected from the history of any particular nation and without a clear conception of human nature.

by on September 3rd, 2014

The totalitarian temptation can never be entirely overcome, and there is always a possibility that barbarism will return. Thus, we must ceaselessly strive to pursue love, dignity, and freedom.

by on August 20th, 2014

At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails. Films like Nebraska show us the importance of honoring our elderly parents and remind us of the unique dignity of every human person.

by on August 13th, 2014

Workers must have the freedom to develop real expertise and to exercise this rational mastery in pursuit of good ends. Only in the pleasures of prudence can we truly realize those excellences of which human beings are capable.

by on August 8th, 2014

The writings and videos of mass murderer Eliot Rodger reveal a young man eaten up by envy and demonstrate the reality of evil.

by on August 7th, 2014

It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a spouse, forgiving and seeking forgiveness—all in the spirit of charity—that, brick by brick, we bring about the kingdom of God. Adapted from an address delivered August 6th at the Archdiocese of Toronto’s “Faith in the Public Square” symposium.

by on August 6th, 2014

If we hope to protect the unborn, promote sexual integrity, preserve the truth about marriage, and defend the freedom of religious conscience in our country, we cannot simply live good lives—we must live heroic ones.

by on August 4th, 2014

Civility is due not to a person’s opinions, but to the person himself.

by on July 31st, 2014

To achieve a moral ecology under which the dignity and solidarity of all peoples can thrive, we must take small steps, little by little—yet not lose sight of the goal.

by on July 29th, 2014

Contra Brigitte Gabriel, history tells us that peaceful Muslims do matter.

by and on July 17th, 2014

It's time to change the way we talk about sexual assault on campus. The second of a two-part series.

by and on July 16th, 2014

The sexual assault epidemic on college campuses is created, in part, by the effects of the hook-up culture. The first in a two-part series.

by on June 26th, 2014

Trials are not the place for working out our social grievances and anxieties.

by on June 24th, 2014

Dostoyevsky prophetically depicts the notion of family as determined not by nature but by consent—an idea that has come to dominate our modern society.

by on June 18th, 2014

An illiberal mindset is spreading across America, corrupting our culture and our politics. The first of a two-part series.

by on June 11th, 2014

A new book tells the harrowing story of Memorial Medical Center, where some physicians took the lives of their patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

by on June 9th, 2014

Proponents of same-sex marriage haven’t won in the arena of ideas—they have won through manipulation and intimidation. Those who oppose them must speak up.

A government that cannot face its own history is a government without a future. Memory and truth will give the Chinese people the courage to speak out for democracy, and Americans must join in the fight. Adapted from remarks delivered at the American Enterprise Institute.

by on May 30th, 2014

If healthy marriage is the basis of a strong society, it is worth every effort to strengthen it. Marriage education should supplement other efforts to address social problems.

by on May 27th, 2014

The new world of civil rights turns the old one on its head.

by on May 8th, 2014

Balancing career and family should not be framed as a women’s issue. All people—male or female, married or single—must draw boundaries between their work and their personal life, for their own good and the good of society.

by on May 6th, 2014

To restore loving family life to the heart of our culture, we must begin with ourselves—one family, one person at a time.

by on May 5th, 2014

When we make moral judgments, we implicitly and unavoidably acknowledge that there are objective standards of right and wrong to which we ought to conform our feelings and actions.

by on May 1st, 2014

Abortion is not, in the end, about “sin” or “redemption.” It is about human life and its extermination.

by on April 30th, 2014

People with same-sex attraction do not need to be “fixed”—they need genuine, authentic friendship.

by on April 22nd, 2014

Conservatives need to face the fact that a significant contingent of women will remain single. We need to start addressing what it means to live as a single, religious, educated woman in our society.

by on April 17th, 2014

Painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s vision of creativity reflects the theological concept that man is made in the image of God.

by on April 11th, 2014

It’s common to worry that the internet is isolating us. But could it also be helping to create new forms of community?

by on April 10th, 2014

If we have to make proof of Christian faith dependent on a willful attitude about politics in order to wage the culture wars, are they really worth fighting?

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by Aaron Kheriaty on February 17th, 2015
Neurons that fire together wire together. BDSM causes the neural networks controlling sexual arousal, aggression, and fear to become dangerously intertwined. An examination of the phenomenon of BDSM from the perspective of a psychiatrist.
by Katy Faust on February 2nd, 2015
Take it from the adult child of a loving gay parent: redefining marriage promotes a family structure in which children suffer.
by Jean Lloyd on December 10th, 2014
May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.
by Mark Regnerus on August 11th, 2014
Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.
by Andrew T. Walker, Glenn Stanton on February 4th, 2015
For parents with LGBT children, Christianity offers an alternative to false dilemmas of affirmation or abandonment.

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