A Farewell from the Editor

Transitions are messy. Let’s face it, transitions are messy. Someone told me that in college, and my life experience before and after has confirmed the truth of this remark. They can be physically messy, as in when one must physically move items from one place to another. They can be emotionally messy, because people – […]

Candle of Eternal Fame

I venture to say you and I have something in common. When we were children, I bet at least one birthday candle held the wish “I want to be famous!” It is natural in our environment where we know more about our favorite movie star than we do members of our own family. We want […]

Down Syndrome, Dignity, and Ethical Relativism

A recent opinion headline in The New York Times caught my eye: “The Ethical Case for Having a Baby with Down Syndrome.” Initially, I was taken off guard that a piece with such a loaded title would have passed their editorial board to publication. As I began to digest the article’s content, however, my hopeful […]

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Moralosis misdiagnosed

A new contagion has been identified.  It appears to have broken out already in Ireland.  It’s poised to break out in California. “Moralosis” is its name. In an engaging commentary, John Waters defines this virus as “an attempt to separate the ‘moral issues’ from the core of Christianity.”  He sees the effects of this disease […]

God-is-young

A God for all ages

How old is God?  Eternal, you might say.  But Pope Francis has another idea. For many, God is a being the concept of whom is too abstract to picture.  Sacred Scripture acknowledges that “no one has ever seen God” (John 1:18; 1 John 4:12).  Biblical narratives of an encounter with the first Person of the […]

Statistics, Praxis, and Teaching on Birth Control

In April’s edition of First Things, Mary Eberstadt presents a compelling case for the continuing relevance of Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, despite its continual disparagement from both outside the Church and inside (particularly in the last few years). She notes toward the end that the Episcopal Church in the United States, which basically embraced the […]

Manhood, True and False

A seminarian relayed a story to me of a priest saying, “Boys are not ordained. Men are ordained.” Does that mean every human being with an XY chromosome over a certain age? Does that mean a man has proven himself through multiple demonstrations of machismo? What does it mean to be a man in today’s […]