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Sarah Degner Riveros argues that pro-lifers must learn to talk about rape : An inability to discuss rape is a particular problem for the pro-life movement. Instead of listening to survivors and believing them, pro-lifers sometimes make the argument that rape studies overestimate the prevalence of . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel on Pope Francis’ view of poverty : Here, the Holy Father took the opportunity to explain, once again, his choice of papal name, while using that exercise to make two important points.  Stressing the Church’s care for, and work with, the poor throughout the world, the . . . . Continue Reading »

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Dawn LaValle on Terrence Malick’s latest film : To the Wonder  startles us into realizing that the world is shot though, positively charged, with presence. Whether that presence is fructifying love or slinking destruction stands as an accusing question throughout the film. The most . . . . Continue Reading »

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R. R. Reno on conservatism and gay marriage : Redefinition of marriage to allow same-sex unions undermines the proper separation of cultural and governmental power that is so important for a liberal regime. Marriage is an institution as fundamental as religion and morality. It is more primitive and . . . . Continue Reading »

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Micah Mattix analyzes the first line of The Wasteland : Eliot’s “April is the cruellest month” is not so much about his conflicted response to spring (rooted in some forgotten childhood trauma) or about creating a linguistic puzzle to help us develop our skills of attention but about . . . . Continue Reading »

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Anna Williams on Romeo and Juliet : Alyssa Rosenberg argues on  Slate  that  Romeo and Juliet  “is full of terrible, deeply childish ideas about love.” She’s quite right . . . because that’s the point of the play. Reading the text, instead of . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel on reforming the Curia : The cast of mind in the Roman Curia must be changed, so that the entire Curia thinks of itself as its many good people now do: as servants of the New Evangelization, not as the twenty-first-century version of a papal court. That means that those curialists who . . . . Continue Reading »

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Christopher Palko describes the conservative coalition at the March for Marriage : The March for Marriage had without a doubt the most racially diverse crowd that I had ever seen associated with a right-of-center political cause. On the Mall, you would hear Spanish being spoken behind you, an . . . . Continue Reading »

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William Doino Jr. details the most recent criticism of Mother Teresa : The expansion of Mother Teresa’s order speaks volumes about its integrity and effectiveness, but the support and admiration it has received has proven too much for some. On March 1, three Canadian academics—Serge . . . . Continue Reading »

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Tania M. Geist on Pope Benedict’s theology of Holy Saturday : On Holy Saturday, God incarnate entered “the absolute and extreme solitude of mankind.” Here Benedict pointed out that we have all experienced that terrifying feeling of abandonment, which is why we fear . . . . Continue Reading »