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60John Podesta, Son of the Churchhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/john-podesta-son-of-the-church
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:05:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew J. Franck)In his
today, E.J. Dionne (about whom I have written in these pages before,
) tries to pooh-pooh the eruption that ensued when WikiLeaks revealed emails sent back and forth by Clinton campaign personnel, including the Catholics John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri. For the reaction of some faithful Catholics, see
. The transparent contempt for the teachings of the Church, and the intention of creating dissident “Catholic” organizations bent on defeating (and if possible, changing) those teachings, are impossible to miss.
Let's Keep Psychology and Political Science in Their Own Cornershttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/lets-keep-psychology-and-political-science-in-their-own-corners
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:20:00 -email@example.com (Matthew J. Franck)Political theorist Kody Cooper and therapist Brandon Wall have
teamed up for a Public Discourse essay
applying the insights of Internal Family Systems (IFS) psychology to our current political situation. Now, this is the first time I have ever encountered the IFS mode of analyzing the psyche, and there may be something to it. The idea that a well-integrated self contains “exiles,” “firefighers,” and “managers” all in harmony with one another has a certain appeal. I will let the professionals in family therapy, psychology, and psychiatry hash out the question whether this is a particularly helpful framework for counseling troubled souls.
]]>Witherspoon Institute Summer 2016 Seminarshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/witherspoon-institute-summer-2016-seminars
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:41:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew J. Franck)The Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey (where I work) is now accepting applications for seven summer seminars, on topics ranging across ethics, politics, law, medicine, religion, and metaphysics, for every age cohort from high school students to young college faculty. Brief descriptions follow, with dates, faculty listings, application deadlines—and links for more information.
]]>The Establishment “Radicals” of the Modern Universityhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/12/the-establishment-radicals-of-the-modern-university
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Matthew J. Franck)Next autumn will mark forty years since I arrived on a college campus as a freshman. I’ve never left the academy since then. I have been student or teacher at many types of institutions: the small liberal-arts college, the “Research I” state university that completely dominates a small town, the ambitious urban Jesuit university “in the Catholic tradition,” the middling-quality “comprehensive” state university educating many first-generation college students, the great self-confident Ivy League institution, even a very fine university in an Asian capital city.
]]>Brush Up Your Shakespearehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/12/brush-up-your-shakespeare
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:51:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew J. Franck)Last year I
posted in this space
a reading plan of my own devising for working through all of Shakespeare's works. I made some work for myself when I created this plan, because I settled on reading plays Monday through Friday, and sonnets and other poems on weekends. Thus it needs annual updating to shift readings onto appropriate days of the calendar and keep them on the right days of the week.
Here is the update for 2016.
I hope some readers of
will enjoy themselves having a daily dose of the best poet of the English language.
]]>Rites and Rights, in Two Churcheshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/11/rites-and-rights-in-two-churches
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:41:00 -email@example.com (Matthew J. Franck)When directly asked by Mormon friends and family members (yep, I’ve got LDS folks in my family), I have been privately critical of the LDS church’s support of the Utah legislature’s “
” on “discrimination” and religious freedom last spring. I think the church, from a position of strength, conceded far too much by supporting the legislature’s use of dubious psychological concepts such as “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in state anti-discrimination law. Perhaps church leaders thought the legislation adequately shielded all the LDS church’s functions and ministries from the purview of the new law. That remains to be seen. But in any event, the church gave its support to a dubious new law that will undoubtedly have an adverse and unjust impact on some private employers whom it counts among the faithful.
]]>The Political Evanescence of the Papal Visithttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/09/the-political-evanescence-of-the-papal-visit
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:24:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew J. Franck)It is an unavoidable preoccupation of our political class to speak and write obsessively about the political impact of, well, everything. Pope Francis’s visit to the United States is a Very Big Thing to talk about in this respect. Whom will he afflict, and whom will he comfort? Will the Left chafe at references to religious freedom, or Francis’s impromptu visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor? Will the Right balk at what he has to say about climate change, or immigration? And above all, who will be able to claim the papal seal of approval and reap some benefits in upcoming elections or policy struggles?
]]>Dr. Krauthammer's Passionate Muddlehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/07/dr-krauthammers-passionate-muddle
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:28:00 -email@example.com (Matthew J. Franck)Recent revelations that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in human organs—obtained from unborn children killed in the organization’s abortion clinics—have prompted a righteous outrage from many commentators. Anyone with a shred of decency is appalled at the barbarity for which Planned Parenthood is responsible.
]]>Ryan Anderson Drives People Crazyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/06/ryan-anderson-drives-people-crazy
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:52:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew J. Franck)Those of us who know Ryan Anderson have certain adjectives that come naturally to mind when we think of the country's most visible and effective under-40 defender of the truth about marriage. (And if I thought about it, I might drop the “under-40” qualifier.) Fearless, composed, tenacious, rational, persuasive . . .
]]>Tales of Two Social Scientistshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/05/tales-of-two-social-scientists
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:29:00 -email@example.com (Matthew J. Franck)First tale:
A tenured sociologist at a prominent research university, with a couple of books under his belt on related subjects, publishes the
, using a nationally representative sample, on the young-adult outcomes for kids raised by people who have same-sex romantic relationships. The results show that these young adults have more difficult life experiences across a host of variables involving their employment, education, dependence on public assistance, mental health, relationship success and sexuality, trouble with the law, and experience of abuse.