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Kevin Staley-Joyce is an Assistant Editor at First Things.

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The Manliest Church in America

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If its introductory video is any indication, Cornerstone Church is the spitting image of the ” Megachurch Show ” meme recently noted by Joe Carter. But among dozens of ministries, from scrapbooking and Bible study to sports teams and four-wheeling outings, Cornerstone adds an unexpected . . . . Continue Reading »

An Indecent Proposal?

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One of the first images that comes to mind at mention of a “nontraditional proposal” might be a couple’s female half making the first move, proposing marriage. But in an interview the other day, actress Angelina Jolie took the logic a step further, announcing that the only nuptial . . . . Continue Reading »

Slouching Toward Secularism

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When critiquing American churches, opinion writers often adopt a form of historicism even Hegel would just barely accept—a philosophic stance that no doubt drives their chiding of churches as “behind the times” or “on the wrong side of history.” The same gives them the gall . . . . Continue Reading »

The Perils of Clericalism

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Mark Shea penned an excellent primer on clericalism yesterday at Catholic Exchange , identifying it as a prominent culprit in the “cover-up” mentality among some members of the episcopacy. While the Church does not operate on the principle of vox populi, vox Dei , Shea argues, neither has . . . . Continue Reading »

The Popette Movie

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It should be taken as a compliment to Catholicism that, at least within the domain of pop culture, the most acclaimed cases leveled against it do not engage it with arguments, but instead with contrived historical narratives, many of which rise barely above the level of pure myth. Following the . . . . Continue Reading »