Can Women Save the Church?

From First Thoughts

Peggy Noonan believes she has figured out how to save the Catholic Church from the effects of the recent child sexual abuse scandals.  She advocates a three-part “reform” agenda to “turn the Church around.”  First, Noonan reiterates her longstanding position that . . . . Continue Reading »

Top Ten Parenting Books

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My oldest child just turned thirteen. In honor of that occasion, here is my top ten list of parenting books. 1. The Bible If you could have only one book for parenting, you would want a Bible. To start, it is a great bedtime story book. The stories are vivid, dramatic, romantic, . . . . Continue Reading »

Chemistry and Culpability

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In response to the question, “What were they thinking?” Christopher Buckley argues that the same substance propelling the success of men such as John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and Tiger Woods also detonates their spectacular flame-outs.  “The very drive that propels these people . . . . Continue Reading »

Tiger’s Bright Burning

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What’s up with all of the recent headlines about married men behaving badly?  First, John Edwards became a baby daddy to Rielle Hunter.  Then Mark Sanford hiked the Appalachian Trail, via Argentina, and his wife detailed her travails in a book entitled Staying True.  But the (so . . . . Continue Reading »

The Trinity: 3-D Divine Mystery

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“I don’t believe in the Trinity,” my friend said. She and I were discussing the Christian doctrine that holds that one God subsists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Despite being a Christian believer, she rejects the doctrine of the Trinity. I was surprised and . . . . Continue Reading »