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The Dignifying Family

From the November 2011 Print Edition

Those who lost their rights but kept their dignity, as John Paul II and the Polish people once did, know the difference between the two. “Of themselves, rights are not enough,” Blessed John Paul insisted. Rights must be grounded in dignity, and the granting of rights in the recognition of . . . . Continue Reading »

Blurring Sexual Boundaries

From the March 2011 Print Edition

The definition of gender-related discrimination and of “hate crimes” is becoming ever more imaginative on both sides of the forty-ninth parallel. Witness, for example, Bill H1728 in the state of Massachusetts, An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes, or its Canadian . . . . Continue Reading »

Muslim Women Refuse Body Scan at Airport

From First Thoughts

Two Muslim women defy the (appropriately named) Rapiscan . . . while the other cowards in the British police state continue their cowardly ways: The two women are thought to be the first passengers to refuse to submit to scanning by the machines, which have provoked controversy among human rights . . . . Continue Reading »

MacIntyre’s Missing Pages

From Web Exclusives

In his preface to the second edition of A Short History of Ethics, Alasdair MacIntyre notes the absurdity of his attempt to treat Christian ethics in a mere ten pages sandwiched “between 109 pages on Greek ethics and 149 pages on Western European ethics” from the Renaissance onward… . Continue Reading »

Charity and Unity

From the October 2009 Print Edition

When the pope’s new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate , appeared this summer, its ambitious scope and curious composition left many scratching their heads. The frequent rhetoric about human solidarity, embodied in institutions with global reach and authority, for example, left some wondering . . . . Continue Reading »

Kangaroo Canada

From the Aug/Sept 2008 Print Edition

Mark Steyn is the author of the bestselling America Alone , a witty tirade against the decline of the West, a portion of which appeared in the Canadian magazine Maclean’s . Ezra Levant was the publisher of a journal called the Western Standard , which in 2006 reprinted cartoons depicting . . . . Continue Reading »

Anglicanism Runs Aground

From the January 2005 Print Edition

The good ship Anglican, as Archbishop Robin Eames acknowledges in his preface to the Windsor Report, appears to many observers “to be set on a voyage of self-destruction.” Indeed, Eames admits that “if realistic and visionary ways cannot be agreed to meet the levels of disagreement . . . . Continue Reading »

Three Meanings of Secular

From the May 2003 Print Edition

It is said that we live in a secular society. But what is meant by “secular”? All relevant usages of the word, deriving as it does from saecularis (of an age, or of a generation), point to a concern with the affairs of our time, as opposed to some other; to a concern with this world of . . . . Continue Reading »