We Are Not Tools

From the November 2016 Print Edition

During my time at Princeton, there was no more popular insult than “tool,” an epithet hurled at anyone who tried too hard. Of course, the term was unavoidably classist. An Amazon executive’s daughter who had attended Lakeside or a banker’s son who’d gone to St. Ann’s didn’t have to . . . . Continue Reading »

Catholics Face a Choice

From First Thoughts

Will Catholics uphold the Church's teaching that the divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to communion, or will they reject it? Pope Francis has brought this question before the Church, though he refuses to formulate it so starkly. Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

From the August/September 2016 Print Edition

Red, White, Blue, and Catholicby stephen p. whiteliguori, 101 pages, $12.99 In this primer on Catholic citizenship, the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Stephen White reminds us that faithful citizenship is about love—“love for the people and institutions to which we are bound by birth and by . . . . Continue Reading »

Thoughts by the Metal Detector

From First Thoughts

Last night Rabbi Jonathan Sacks delivered an uplifting talk at the Center for Jewish History. He argued that the Jewish nation had blessed the world through words. Its commitment to wide literacy nurtured an ethic of equality on which our civilization rests (“And in thy seed shall all the nations . . . . Continue Reading »