Allen: Plan B Betrayal

From Web Exclusives

It’s hard to know what to make of the Food and Drug Administration’s sudden decision to let Plan B¯the “emergency contraceptive” pill¯be sold over the counter in pharmacies. Well, actually, it’s not hard to know what to make of it: It was a compromise struck . . . . Continue Reading »

Fr. Fred Dailey and homosexuality

From Web Exclusives

Catholic blogger Gerald Augustinus of Closed Cafeteria links to this ABC story about Fred Dailey, 59, a Catholic priest in Utica, New York, who had been scheduled to head a Catholic Relief Services mission in Lesotho: "On July 18, Daley was suddenly withdrawn from his mission to Lesotho by its . . . . Continue Reading »

Charlotte Allen on Commonweal

From Web Exclusives

I like Commonweal Catholics, even though I don’t always agree with them. They’re smart, they’re often very funny, and several have been very good friends to me. At the top of my list is Luke Timothy Johnson. He’s liberal enough in the Commonweal fashion: a laicized priest now . . . . Continue Reading »

CA: Episcopal disintegration

From Web Exclusives

Back in early July, right after the Episcopal Church USA finished its general convention, declining to “repent”—as requested by the Archbishop of Canterbury—of its confirmation of the openly gay, openly cohabitating V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire, I wrote an . . . . Continue Reading »

The Patriarchal Bargain

From the March 2005 Print Edition

Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands by W. Bradford Wilcox University of Chicago Press, 328 pp. $20 paper In the imaginations of feminists and their admirers in the media and intelligentsia, there lurks a kind of bogeyman”the conservative Christian . . . . Continue Reading »

Medieval Children

From the June/July 2002 Print Edition

Nicholas Orme, a professor of history at Exeter University in Great Britain, has published more than a dozen books about ordinary life in the Middle Ages. His latest one, Medieval Children , is a delightfully encyclopedic survey of everything imaginable concerning young people from birth to . . . . Continue Reading »

Pontius Pilate

From the August/September 2000 Print Edition

Next to Julius Caesar, Pontius Pilate”the governor of Judea who sent Jesus to the cross”is probably the best-known Roman citizen who ever lived. His name is etched into the Christian creeds, prompting some fallen-away Christians to quip that “crucified under Pontius Pilate” is . . . . Continue Reading »