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RJN: 5.25.06 Today is Ascension Day…

Today is Ascension Day, a holy day of obligation. In some dioceses, the observance is transferred to next Sunday. The idea, as it is helpfully explained, is that going to Mass on a weekday may be excessively burdensome or give non-Catholic neighbors the impression that Catholics are different. At . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.23.06 The UCLA law…

An amazing story in the Guardian today: Patients who were unconscious for years, diagnosed as being in “persistent vegetative states” came awake when they were given a new experimental medication. As Wesley J. Smith emails to note, “They interacted with their environment. And . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.22.06 Speaking of…

Speaking of . . . um, that goofy book that we here at First Things decided we wouldn’t bother to mention, since everyone else in America would mock it all the way to the remainder tables at Bob’s Super-Saver Book Emporium. Of course, that plan didn’t work out so well: It ended up . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.19.06 We are pleased to…

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Anthony Sacramone to be the new Managing Editor for First Things , beginning May 30. An editor with long experience as copy chief, proofreader, and managing editor in the publishing world, from Biography and Reader’s Digest to Beliefnet and . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 5.18.06 Over on The…

Over on The American Scene , Ross Douthat reflects on conflicting studies about the effectiveness of promoting abstinence or artificial contraception in reducing teen pregnancies. He correctly notes the dishonesty of including morning-after pills and related abortifacients in the category of . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.16.06 A few years ago…

A few years ago, when Daniel Goldhagen published A Moral Reckoning , his diatribe against all things Catholic, I predicted that the book would offer opportunities for writers who attacked Pius XII. What Goldhagen had done was set a new limit¯a far edge of fury that would allow any subsequent . . . . Continue Reading »

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