Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:00 AM
How Common Core Devalues Great Literature
Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine
The Common Corers get things exactly backwards. You do not read The Wind in the Willows so that you can gain some utilitarian skill for handling “text.” If anything, we want our children to gain a little bit of linguistic maturity so that they can read The Wind in the Willows. That is the aim.
UN Attacks Catholic Teaching Under the Pretext of Protecting Children
Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine
In their continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is attempting to resurrect yet again the moral panic surrounding exaggerated claims of clerical sexual abuse.
A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching
Patrick J. Deneen, The American Conservative
The real battle is taking place beyond the purview of the pages of Time Magazine and the New York Times. The battle pits two camps of “conservative” Catholicism.
Why Extreme Poverty Will Not Always Be with Us
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics
There are many reasons to be hopeful that we will stamp out extreme poverty in our lifetimes – and this is the first time in human history that we have been able to make this claim. Once we stamp out extreme poverty, then we can focus on how to bring about ever-increasing levels of flourishing for the least advantaged across the world.
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 10:00 AM
Tomb & Temple
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
The death of Jesus was no mere appearance; he really died. His soul and body were truly rent asunder.
Christians and Circumcision
Mark Movsesian, First Things
Even if Christians reject ritual circumcision for themselves on theological grounds, they can still object in good faith to proposals that the state ban it for others.
We Can’t All Be Beautiful
Karen Swallow Prior, Christianity Today
Why does our obsession with self-acceptance focus so much on appearance?
U.N. Overreaches, Tramples Religious Freedom
Marco Rubio, National Review
The U.N. is in very real danger of becoming obsolete in the 21st century. I believe it can still play an important role in global affairs, but without reforms to ensure greater accountability and transparency, its ineffective leadership, ethical abuses, and misspending will remain rampant.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 10:00 AM
“Extreme Religious Liberty Rights”
Mark Barrett, First Things
Terming the protections of RFRA as “extreme religious liberty rights,” the Foundation and associated groups go beyond even what the Obama administration requests, asserting not only that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood don’t qualify for the law’s protections, but rather that RFRA itself is unconstitutional.
Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious
Frank Newport, Gallup
Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years. With 61% of its residents classified as very religious, Mississippi held on to its position as the most religious state, while Vermont, with 22% very religious residents, remained the least religious.
The art of confession in an age of denial
Michael Jensen, ABC Religion and Ethics
If I were asked about my secrets in front of a thousand hungry journalists with snapping cameras and sharpened pencils, I would probably (if I am honest) deny all too. Wouldn’t you?
Reason and Revelation: Why Christians Need Philosophy
Sherif Girgis, Public Discourse
Many Christians question the value of philosophical arguments for conjugal marriage, preferring to appeal to revelation. But our natural moral knowledge in some ways precedes revelation and helps us to understand it.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Quality of Freedom
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
We should be slow to identify freedom as simply the ability to choose. The ability to choose is better thought of as potential for freedom. Freedom is not a static thing; our choices make us either more free or less free.
15 Lies at the Basis of Our Culture
James V. Schall, S.J., Catholic World Report
Each of these lies, on examination, denies or violates a principle of reason or a fact of science.
Abortions Declining in U.S., Study Finds
Erick Erckholm, New York Times
The abortion rate among American women declined to its lowest level in more than three decades in 2011, according to a new report released Monday that is widely considered the country’s most definitive examination of abortion trends.
Is “Sex Worker” a Legitimate Phrase?
Mary Rose Somarriba, Public Discourse
Contrary to the rhetoric of sex-worker advocacy groups, the vast majority of women working as prostitutes did not freely choose to do so. Human trafficking is a serious problem, and those who attempt to downplay its prevalence often have ulterior motives.
Monday, February 3, 2014, 10:00 AM
Liberalism’s Biggest Lie: If You Like Your Morality, You Can Keep Your Morality
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse
The unchecked progress of sexual liberalism means that we cannot say what kind of moral culture our children will inhabit as adults or, accordingly, what kind of moral culture will form our grandchildren. No responsible person can support such a movement.
The War on Christians in the Middle East
Michael Coren, Catholic World Report
Baroness Warsi, UK’s Minister for Faith, warns of the possible extinction of Christianity in its historical heartlands.
Don’t Let Social Engineers Define Normality
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine
The great political, social, and moral issue of the present day is the authority of the natural and normal.
The Abrahamic Fallacy
Mark Durie, New English Review
The concept of “Abrahamic faiths” is a fallacy. Its contemporary influence was, tragically, born out of a century of Christian suffering in the Middle East and foisted upon the unsuspecting West.
Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:00 AM
Faith Rising in East, Setting in West?
Eric Metaxas, Breakpoint
The Christian sun is rising in the east. Eastern Europe, that is. And the Western media just doesn’t get it.
Top brass say they’re not aware of bias against military chaplains
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
Lawmakers peppered Pentagon officials on Wednesday (Jan. 29) about claims that military chaplains have faced discrimination for their beliefs, and time and again, chaplains and personnel officials said they were unaware of any bias.
Near St. Peter’s, an ancient burial site opens to the public
Eric J. Lyman, Religion News Service
The Roman Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis illustrates changing burial traditions and the city’s evolution from a pagan capital into its earliest days as a Christian city. Overseers say it is likely a small handful of those buried — no more than 50 of the 1,000 graves — may have belonged to early Christians.
Aristotle, Tolkien, and Why You Should Watch the Super Bowl
James V. Schall, SJ, Intercollegiate Review
We might easily, particularly in light of professional athletics, think of sports as mostly a business, in which case it would be un-leisurely. At first, play or sport seems to be mostly recreation, an escape, a relaxation. But there seems to be something more to it than merely having a relation to work.
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:00 AM
What a Progressive Used to Be
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse
In the past, progressives fought to defend the family because they understood that families protect us from the atomization and amalgamation that isolate and control us.
Is President Obama Reinventing Civil Religion
Mark Movsesian, First Things
She means it as a compliment. At OnFaith, author Diana Butler Bass writes that President Barack Obama is reinventing American civil religion for the spiritual-but-not-religious age.
Roman Rights and Wrongs
Adam A. J. DeVille, Catholic World Report
What needs to change for East-West unity to happen?
Pro-Life Lessons for the Defense of Marriage
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine
That is the first lesson we can learn from the pro-life movement as we turn our attention towards the much-younger fight for marriage. It’s never over until one side decides to give up.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 10:00 AM
Pope drafting encyclical on man and environment
Pope Francis has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set. He said it would be about ecology and more specifically the “ecology of man.”
The U.S. Puts ‘Moderate’ Restrictions on Religious Freedom
Emma Green, The Atlantic
A new Pew study reveals complex questions about First Amendment rights.
Bi-Partisan Legislators, Religious Leaders, Legal Scholars and States File Support in Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby
At midnight tonight more than 50 briefs will be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Hobby Lobby Stores and the Green family, supporting their challenge to the HHS mandate.
Church Leaders: ‘There Will Be No More Christians in Syria’ If War Continues
Alissa Tabirian, The Foundry
Religious leaders from Syria warned that without dialogue between Bashar al-Assad’s government forces and the rebels, Syria will eventually lose its indigenous Christian population.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 10:00 AM
Pope tells Christians to put aside their divisions
Pope Francis has led a prayer service in a Rome basilica attended by representatives of Orthodox, Anglican and other Christian communities in hopes of healing centuries-old divisions.
SD bills allow refusal to take part in gay wedding
Chet Brokaw, Associated Press
Two bills filed in the South Dakota Legislature seek to protect clergy, church officials and businesspeople who refuse to take part in gay marriages or receptions because of their religious beliefs.
Supreme Court blocks contraceptives rule for religious groups
David G. Savage, L.A. Times
The Supreme Court on Friday shielded the Little Sisters of the Poor and other nonprofit religious groups from complying, for now, with the Obama administration’s rule that they provide free contraceptives in the health insurance they offer employees.
Women and Children First
Marion D. Boteju, Public Discourse
Men and women struggling with infertility know real heartache. However, as citizens of a country founded on the struggle for rights and freedom, Americans have a civic and moral duty to confront laws that marginalize the already marginalized and threaten to create a second-class citizenry.
Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:00 AM
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9 Things You Should Know About the Holocaust
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual international day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Here are nine things you should know about one of the most horrific genocidal campaigns in history.
Abortion: A Public Issue
Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse
Contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court, abortion is not a private issue. It snuffs out the existence of a member of the human community—a person like us with a radical capacity for reason and freedom.
Satan, Sin, and Sociology
Anne Hendershott, Catholic World Report
A clear-eyed understanding of sin has been replaced by a therapeutic culture and “psychological man”
U.S. Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor
The Becket Fund
Today the Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the controversial HHS mandate while their case is before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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