Pope Francis on the Joy of the Gospel

From First Thoughts

Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic Exhortation titled Evangelii Gaudium . The Pope presents the “Joy of the Gospel” in its wholeness, which has been the theme of his pontificate from the very beginning.  Among many other things, including our obligations to the poor and the duty . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Big Brothers in the Faith

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Evidently, members of the Society of St. Pius X really do think they are more Catholic than the Pope—-more Catholic than Pope Francis, more Catholic than Pope Benedict XVI, more Catholic than Pope John Paul the Great. Although I understand the efforts of the Vatican to reason with these . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Multiple Partner Unions

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I’m grateful to Rob Vischer for his post, following up on mine, about polyamory. Its premise is one that is strongly, and often angrily, rejected by poly activists and by my own polyamorist friends, namely, that polyamory involves or reflects a lack of self-discipline or the rejection of . . . . Continue Reading »

Some Sad News

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Edward Lev, beloved husband of MoJ friend Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School, died unexpectedly this weekend after being hospitalized for what was thought to be a non-life threatening infection. He was 86 years old. Deepest condolences to Mary Ann and their daughters and grandchildren. . . . . Continue Reading »

Virtue and (or?) Happiness

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My old friend Charles Krauthammer, with whom I served on the President’s Council on Bioethics in the Bush years, is someone with whom I more often agree than disagree. But here is a recent exchange on which we part ways on some pretty basic ideas about political theory. I should note that both of . . . . Continue Reading »

Mahatma Gandhi on Sex and Marriage

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Every now and then, folks on the left who regard Mahatma Gandhi as a hero and a kind of saint, stumble on to his writings about sexual morality and marriage. They are stunned to discover that their hero was a ferocious critic of the relaxation of traditional norms of sexual ethics, even going as . . . . Continue Reading »