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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 »

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Peter J. Leithart on Good Friday : At the beginning of his prophecy, Isaiah gives a gruesome word portrait of the condition of Zion. She’s covered from head to toe with “bruises, welts, open wounds,” without bandages or balm. Zion longs for the Lord to bind up her wounds. She . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel says we must ponder the Cross in order to reform the Church : We would have arranged things differently; we would have chosen another kind of Messiah—that theme runs like a bright thread throughout Lent, in the readings from the Old and New Testaments that the Church . . . . Continue Reading »

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Keith Riler argues that population planning won’t balance the government budget : Holding all else constant, a five percent addition to the U.S. population would reduce the national debt by almost seven trillion dollars. This brings to mind James . . . . Continue Reading »