Punching Down

From the June/July 2016 Print Edition

On January 20, a federal appeals court heard arguments in the highly publicized case of Kimberly Jean “Kim” Davis, county clerk of Rowan County (population 23,000) in mountainous northeastern Kentucky. There were many legal issues at stake—discrimination, sexual equality, religious . . . . Continue Reading »

The True History of Women Deacons

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When Pope Francis announced his willingness to appoint a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church, my first thought was: Here we go!And sure enough, FutureChurch, the liberal Catholic organization that has subtly pushed for the ordination of women to the hitherto . . . . Continue Reading »

Allen: Plan B Betrayal

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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

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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New York, who had been scheduled to head a Catholic Relief Services mission in Lesotho: "On July 18, Daley was suddenly withdrawn from his mission to Lesotho by its .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

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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

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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 »