Iran and the Status of Women

An important note from Richard Grenell , the former long-time spokesman for U.S. ambassadors at the United Nations: U.S. mission staff have confirmed that [United States ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice] wasn’t at the U.N. and therefore wasn’t able to so much as drop by the . . . . Continue Reading »

Imitatio Christi Not Imitatio Bono

Rev. Kevin DeYoung on the glory of plodding : What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church — a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

In today’s On the Square feature , George Weigel considers what should happen next for the Legionaries of Christ and its affiliated lay movement, Regnum Christi: 1. The prime imperative for the immediate future is to dismantle the “grand narrative” of Legion history within both the . . . . Continue Reading »

You Might Be a Redneck Monk If …

This video is a bit cheesy and goes on too long (it could use tighter editing) but I was compelled to post it because the first monk reminds me of one of my favorite minor characters in literature: Friar John from Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel . While I’m not Catholic, I do descend . . . . Continue Reading »

Great Books??

1. In my continuing outreach to the Porchers, let me highlight an argument against “Great Books” education that I read and heard lately in various places by the eminent Dr. Pat Deneen. (I’m too lazy to link and Patrick is free to correct.) 2. First off, it’s relativistic. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Post-Embarrassment Age

Mark Twain once said that, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” In our age, though, people still have reason to blush, but don’t seem to remember how. As Christine Rosen notes , we now live in a post-embarressment era: What ever happened to embarrassment? Why are an . . . . Continue Reading »

A Hundred Dollars Worth of Pretty

When the new counterfeit-resistant $100 bill was introduced last week I lamented how ugly our money had become. Today I found even more reason to be discouraged: I see what should have been . Designer Michael Tyznik offers an alternative design that is as beautiful as the real bill is homely. The . . . . Continue Reading »