Under Catholic Church Rule, Hollywood Films Couldn’t Feature Interracial Couples (From Friendly Atheist)

How did the Catholic Church impact the “Golden Age of Hollywood”? They made sure that very Hollywood movie from 1934 to 1954 followed a strict moral code that forbade nudity, excessive drinking, mocking the clergy, showing interracial couples (yep), and acknowledging the existence of gay people. That’s what God wanted, after all. Vox explains the [...]

Pope Francis: Catholics should care as much about the poor as about abortion (From Vox)

The pope thinks you should get off Twitter. Pope Francis has released a new papal document in which he criticizes everything from the toxicity of social media to Catholics’ single-minded focus on abortion, and encourages Catholics to better value the contributions of women to the spiritual life of the church. The 22,000-word Gaudete et Exsultate [...]

A Vatican Deal With China Would Only Hurt Catholics (From The Daily Signal)

The Chinese government’s grip on religious institutions means that, in order for the Catholic Church to appoint bishops there in the future, it must receive the Chinese Communist Party’s blessing. Toward that end, the Vatican is currently engaged in negotiations with the Chinese government to expand its influence over the Catholic Church there. In most [...]

The Exceptionalism of American Higher Education (From Project Syndicate)

Every major performance indicator has America's universities leading the world. Unfortunately for those who seek to emulate the US system, the American model reflects unique historical, political, and financial factors. STANFORD – In the second half of the twentieth century, American universities and colleges emerged as dominant players in the [...]

Patrick Deneen, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and Libertas Idiotica (From Public Discourse)

I have devoured Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, marking up one paradoxical truth after another. Or, perhaps, these are truths that are only regarded as paradoxical, because people are blind to those foundations of liberal thought that would explain why, for example, the champion of the unfettered “individual” smoking and riding his horse into the [...]

Misogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion Debate (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported byMisogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion DebateBy Jordana TimermanMs. Timerman is an Argentine journalist.May 15, 2018ImageA young woman with text in Spanish written on her back that reads "Wealthy women abort, the poor die" during a pro-abortion demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina.CreditNatacha Pisarenko/Associated PressBUENOS AIRES — The Argentine stand-up comic Malena Pichot has a [...]

This is why evangelicals love Trump’s Israel policy (From Vox)

The US officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Monday when a new American embassy was opened. The move is controversial and, as my Vox colleague Alexia Underwood noted, comes at an especially tumultuous time for Israel and the region. President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December made little sense [...]

Cardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Trials May Be Held in Secret (From New York Times)

Supported byCardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Trials May Be Held in SecretBy Damien CaveMay 14, 2018SYDNEY, Australia — An Australian court is to decide on Wednesday whether two planned trials for Cardinal George Pell, the senior Vatican official accused of sexual abuse, will be conducted in secret with the public barred from knowing what took [...]

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amidst a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of policy—while gradually shedding its George W. Bush-era reputation as a leading voice for pugnacious, interventionist foreign policy. Brooks, who is stepping down [...]

Oklahoma Will Let Religious Adoption Agencies Discriminate Against Gay Parents (From Friendly Atheist)

Last night, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law a disastrous bill, SB 1140, that allows religious adoption and foster care agencies — ones that receive taxpayer dollars — to discriminate against potential parents without legal repercussions. Fallin announced her decision using all kinds of flawed logic: “SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with [...]

NM Taxpayers Are on the Verge of Subsidizing Textbooks at Religious Schools (From Friendly Atheist)

When the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church last year, there was good reason to worry. This was the case that asked whether the state of Missouri could give a taxpayer-funded grant to a church to renovate its playground. The state said no because it was forbidden from supporting religion with public [...]

The American Scholar: Reading Thoreau at 200 (From The American Scholar)

Essays - Summer 2017 Print Why is the seminal work of the great American transcendentalist held in such scorn today? Pablo Sanchez/ Flickr; Photo-illustration by David Herbick By William Howarth June 5, 2017 Listen to a narrated version of this essay: One of the smaller ironies in my life has been teaching Henry David Thoreau [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a “Heartfelt Loathing” for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work (From Open Culture)

Image via Wikimedia Commons I’ve just started reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to my 6-year-old daughter. While much of the nuance and the references to Tolkienian deep time are lost on her, she easily grasps the distinctive charms of the characters, the nature of their journey, and the perils, wonders, and Elven friends they have met [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

We May Never Truly Fathom Other Cultures – Facts So Romantic (From Nautilus)

Our discrete cultural universes are not easily bridged.Inca Princess - La Gran Ñusta Mama Occollo (early 1800s) / Denver Art Museum / WikicommonsIf they’re honest and humble enough, people who study societies that existed in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans will admit that they don’t really understand those societies. They’ll know the facts about pre-Hispanic [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

Pope Francis Admits ‘Grave Errors’ in Chile Sex Abuse Cases (From New York Times)

ROME — Pope Francis has apologized for “grave errors” in the handling of sexual abuse cases in Chile, where he had adamantly defended a bishop accused of covering up abuse by the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.In an extraordinary letter to the bishops of Chile, published on Wednesday, a remorseful pope then invited representatives of [...]

Ted Cruz Really Wants to Know Why Mark Zuckerberg Hates All His Favorite Facebook Pages (From Motherboard)

Ted Cruz used his precious five minutes during Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony today to hit on the topic that really matters to Americans: Where the hell did that awesome Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day page go? Zuckerberg was in town to face questions from Senate lawmakers on a number of serious issues—the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook’s role [...]

Did a TV Host Threaten to Sexually Torture a Teen? Not If You Get Hyperbole (From Friendly Atheist)

Until yesterday, Jamie Allman, a fire-breathing media personality in St. Louis, had two jobs — he hosted a radio program on KFTK-FM and a TV show on Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate KDNL-TV. Allman had to give up both after a recent tweet caused a firestorm: When we kick their ass they all like to claim we’re drunk. [...]

What’s Really at Stake in the Battle for “Ideological Diversity” at Elite Media Outlets (From The Intercept)

Over the past two weeks, the elite media Twittersphere has erupted with extremely intense opinions about The Atlantic’s hiring and then reverse-hiring of Kevin Williamson, previously a writer for the National Review. Any regular human beings who took a wrong turn on the internet and encountered this storm of takes must have found it incomprehensibly bonkers. [...]

Howard Buffett explains how tougher border security can fight drugs – Axios (From Axios)

http://bit.ly/2EuwbjjHoward Buffett explains how tougher border security can fight drugsIllustration: Rebecca Zisser / AxiosSince he started working for the sheriff’s department in a rural county in Illinois a few years ago, Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire Warren Buffett, has seen drug addiction lead to poverty, prostitution, overdoses and suicide. As he told Axios over [...]

The conservative case against Pope Francis — and why it matters (From Vox)

Ross Douthat’s new book asks some important questions about Catholicism, and modernity as a whole. Five years into his papacy, Pope Francis is a polarizing figure. To his supporters, he’s a much-needed change for the church. He’s a reformer whose willingness to model Christlike behavior (from washing the feet of Muslim migrants to asking “who [...]

BlackRock to offer gun-free investment strategies, ETFs (From U.S.)

BOSTON (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset manager, said on Thursday it will offer new investment strategies and exchange-traded funds that exclude civilian firearms producers and retailers, following through on plans it outlined last month after a Florida high school massacre. The BlackRock logo is seen at the BlackRock Japan headquarters in Tokyo, [...]

Supreme Court Justice: I Am ‘Unapologetically Catholic’ (From natural law OR aquinas – Google News)

by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 15, 2018 FRONT ROYAL, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Supreme Court justice is boldly proclaiming his Catholic faith. On Saturday, Justice Clarence Thomas told the 39th graduating class of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia that the school “is a decidedly Catholic college, and I am decidedly and unapologetically [...]

The Ultimate Catholic Showdown? Liberalism vs. Integralism at Harvard (From Public Discourse)

Harvard’s Museum of Natural History was an unlikely place for the Catholic intellectual showdown of the winter. For decades, Catholics have argued over the compatibility of their faith with liberalism, a plastic term that can include thinkers from Machiavelli and Locke to F.A. Hayek and John Rawls. As American society becomes more hostile to traditional [...]

Nietzsche: Lincoln & Pope Leo XIII, the Antidotes to His Legacy (From National Review)

President Abrama Lincoln in 1864; Pope Leo XIII in 1898 (Library of Congress) Though from starkly different backgrounds, the two men remain pillars of the natural-law tradition, under assault from both the Left and the Right. We live in an unusually anomalous culture whose politics and economics are now dominated by Nietzscheans of both the [...]

Christian Broadcaster Rick Wiles: The Antichrist “Will Be a Homosexual Jew” (From Friendly Atheist)

I know you’ve all been waiting very patiently to learn more about the Antichrist so that you can destroy him at first sight. The long wait is over. Christian broadcaster Rick Wiles has the answer. The Antichrist is a “homosexual Jew.” Because #Logic. “What is the spirit of antichrist?” Wiles said. “It is anybody or [...]

Israel and Evangelicals: New U.S. Embassy Signals a Growing Alliance (From New York Times)

Supported byIsrael and Evangelicals: New U.S. Embassy Signals a Growing AllianceImagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and David M. Friedman, the American ambassador to Israel, at the dedication of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem. “You’re running a country, you need friends,” Mr. Friedman said.CreditRonen Zvulun/ReutersBy David D. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Dias and David M. HalbfingerMay [...]

No, The Catholic Church’s Support Of Celibacy Doesn’t Make It Like Feminism (From Ethics & Public Policy Center)

“The wife obeys Christ when she obeys her husband” says Elise Crapuchettes in her book titled “Popes and Feminists: How the Reformation Frees Women from Feminism” (emphasis added). Such a claim of the divine legitimacy of patriarchy may not be so surprising to many readers today in light of evangelicals’ #MeToo moment, where Southern Baptist Seminary President Paige [...]

The Holy See, China, and Evangelization (From Ethics & Public Policy Center)

In a recent interview, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, suggested that certain critics of a deal between the Vatican and the People’s Republic of China were misconstruing the Holy See’s motivations: “There are those who’ve accused us of only wanting diplomatic relations as a sign of some sort of success. [...]

Reading the Constitution (From “natural law” – Google News)

Hermeneutics engages priests and jurists with the same intensity.  After all, the most important texts that humankind has ever had to interpret were Sacred Scripture and codes of law.  Even before going to the text of the Constitution, I venture an application of Prof. Hart’s celebrated distinction between “primary rules” and “secondary rules.”  Law is [...]

Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical “Humanae vitae” (From “natural law” – Google News)

Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Encyclical "Humanae vitae" by Archbishop Tomash Peta, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC, Bishop Jose Luis Mumbiela Sierra Description On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 14, 2018, the Bishops and Ordinaries of Kazakhstan issued a Pastoral Letter about the continued relevance of Pope [...]

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote (From AP News)

DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill." Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads [...]

Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom (From AP News)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as "very pro-choice" is offering catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and [...]

Australian archbishop steps aside after conviction for concealing child sex abuse (From U.S.)

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson said on Wednesday he would stand aside from his duties, a day after a court found him guilty of concealing child sex abuse by a priest. Archbishop Philip Wilson arrives at Newcastle Local Court in Newcastle, Australia, May 22, 2018. AAP/Peter Lorimer/via REUTERS Wilson, who faces up [...]

The Chilean Bishops Crisis (From First Things)

With the mass resignation of 34 Chilean bishops, we have reached the decisive moment of the Francis pontificate. How Pope Francis responds to this unprecedented gesture will determine how history judges him. Obviously, these dramatic resignations test the pontiff’s commitment to resolving the sex-abuse crisis. But there is even more at stake.  The resignations switch [...]

A Homily to Remember (From First Things)

Surveying a throng of English royalty, political officials, visiting dignitaries, beautified guests, and various celebrities and other friends, the preacher stepped up to the lectern to deliver his wedding homily. Streamed by 72 million outlets, seen in more than 180 countries, the sermon’s broadcast was estimated by some media analysts to have reached nearly two [...]

Learning to Live with Same-Sex Marriage? (From Public Discourse)

“Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here.” So said the Supreme Court, speaking through Justice Anthony Kennedy, nearly three years ago in Obergefell v. Hodges. In that case, a bare five-member majority mandated [...]

Home » World » Abuse survivor says pope told him God loves him the way he is (From natural law OR aquinas – Google News)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was.Juan Carlos Cruz -- one of the three survivors from Chile who met with the pope April 27-30 at the Vatican -- [...]

‘God loves you’: How the Pope’s inclusive comments on homosexuality could change America’s Catholic schools (From “natural law” – Google News)

During a recent interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Juan Carlos Cruz — a Chilean sex abuse survivor — shared a groundbreaking anecdote from a meeting with Pope Francis. After the Pope apologized for the abuse he suffered at the hands of church leaders, Cruz says he opened up to him about the trauma came afterwards: being [...]

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amidst a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of policy—while gradually shedding its George W. Bush-era reputation as a leading voice for pugnacious, interventionist foreign policy. Brooks, who is stepping down [...]

Cardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Trials May Be Held in Secret (From New York Times)

Supported byCardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Trials May Be Held in SecretBy Damien CaveMay 14, 2018SYDNEY, Australia — An Australian court is to decide on Wednesday whether two planned trials for Cardinal George Pell, the senior Vatican official accused of sexual abuse, will be conducted in secret with the public barred from knowing what took [...]

This is why evangelicals love Trump’s Israel policy (From Vox)

The US officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Monday when a new American embassy was opened. The move is controversial and, as my Vox colleague Alexia Underwood noted, comes at an especially tumultuous time for Israel and the region. President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December made little sense [...]

The American Scholar: Reading Thoreau at 200 (From The American Scholar)

Essays - Summer 2017 Print Why is the seminal work of the great American transcendentalist held in such scorn today? Pablo Sanchez/ Flickr; Photo-illustration by David Herbick By William Howarth June 5, 2017 Listen to a narrated version of this essay: One of the smaller ironies in my life has been teaching Henry David Thoreau [...]

Misogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion Debate (From New York Times)

OpinionSupported byMisogyny, Femicide and an Unexpected Abortion DebateBy Jordana TimermanMs. Timerman is an Argentine journalist.May 15, 2018ImageA young woman with text in Spanish written on her back that reads "Wealthy women abort, the poor die" during a pro-abortion demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina.CreditNatacha Pisarenko/Associated PressBUENOS AIRES — The Argentine stand-up comic Malena Pichot has a [...]

Patrick Deneen, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and Libertas Idiotica (From Public Discourse)

I have devoured Patrick Deneen’s Why Liberalism Failed, marking up one paradoxical truth after another. Or, perhaps, these are truths that are only regarded as paradoxical, because people are blind to those foundations of liberal thought that would explain why, for example, the champion of the unfettered “individual” smoking and riding his horse into the [...]

The Exceptionalism of American Higher Education (From Project Syndicate)

Every major performance indicator has America's universities leading the world. Unfortunately for those who seek to emulate the US system, the American model reflects unique historical, political, and financial factors. STANFORD – In the second half of the twentieth century, American universities and colleges emerged as dominant players in the [...]

Supreme Court Justice: I Am ‘Unapologetically Catholic’ (From natural law OR aquinas – Google News)

by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 15, 2018 FRONT ROYAL, Va. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Supreme Court justice is boldly proclaiming his Catholic faith. On Saturday, Justice Clarence Thomas told the 39th graduating class of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia that the school “is a decidedly Catholic college, and I am decidedly and unapologetically [...]

Priests Are Murdered All Over Mexico, and Persecution Has Nothing To Do With It (From Friendly Atheist)

Cartel-related violence in Mexico has soared out of control in recent years. Even previously safe, tourist-friendly towns like Cancun and Playa del Carmen are seeing their share of killings. Acapulco failed to retain the glamour-resort aura it acquired in the fifties and has now devolved into Mexico’s murder capital. From 2014 to 2017, reported homicides in [...]

Why Orthodox Christian Nations Remain Stuck (From Bloomberg.com)

Religion Their religious roots, not their Communist experience, support authoritarianism and risk aversion. by April 26, 2018, 5:36 AM PDT Different priorities. Photographer: Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images Eastern Orthodox Christianity has done more to shape certain ex-Communist countries than communism. It also, some say, made their people relatively unhappy and anti-capitalist. This theory got a lot [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a “Heartfelt Loathing” for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work (From Open Culture)

Image via Wikimedia Commons I’ve just started reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to my 6-year-old daughter. While much of the nuance and the references to Tolkienian deep time are lost on her, she easily grasps the distinctive charms of the characters, the nature of their journey, and the perils, wonders, and Elven friends they have met [...]

Nietzsche: Lincoln & Pope Leo XIII, the Antidotes to His Legacy (From National Review)

President Abrama Lincoln in 1864; Pope Leo XIII in 1898 (Library of Congress) Though from starkly different backgrounds, the two men remain pillars of the natural-law tradition, under assault from both the Left and the Right. We live in an unusually anomalous culture whose politics and economics are now dominated by Nietzscheans of both the [...]

NM Taxpayers Are on the Verge of Subsidizing Textbooks at Religious Schools (From Friendly Atheist)

When the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church last year, there was good reason to worry. This was the case that asked whether the state of Missouri could give a taxpayer-funded grant to a church to renovate its playground. The state said no because it was forbidden from supporting religion with public [...]

Oklahoma Will Let Religious Adoption Agencies Discriminate Against Gay Parents (From Friendly Atheist)

Last night, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law a disastrous bill, SB 1140, that allows religious adoption and foster care agencies — ones that receive taxpayer dollars — to discriminate against potential parents without legal repercussions. Fallin announced her decision using all kinds of flawed logic: “SB 1140 allows faith-based agencies that contract with [...]

Nietzsche: Lincoln & Pope Leo XIII, the Antidotes to His Legacy (From National Review)

President Abrama Lincoln in 1864; Pope Leo XIII in 1898 (Library of Congress) Though from starkly different backgrounds, the two men remain pillars of the natural-law tradition, under assault from both the Left and the Right. We live in an unusually anomalous culture whose politics and economics are now dominated by Nietzscheans of both the [...]

Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’ (From POLITICO Magazine)

Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien Expressed a “Heartfelt Loathing” for Walt Disney and Refused to Let Disney Studios Adapt His Work (From Open Culture)

Image via Wikimedia Commons I’ve just started reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to my 6-year-old daughter. While much of the nuance and the references to Tolkienian deep time are lost on her, she easily grasps the distinctive charms of the characters, the nature of their journey, and the perils, wonders, and Elven friends they have met [...]

The Catholic Church, the State, and Liberalism (From Public Discourse)

As a contribution to the growing movement to reevaluate the compatibility of Catholicism and liberal politics (see, for example, here, here, here, here, and here), I’d like to offer some comments on relevant statements by two recent popes and relate them to previous papal teaching. The two popes are Benedict XVI and Francis, and their [...]

Conservative Leader Wants a Family Guy For House Chaplain (From Daily Intelligencer)

April 27, 2018 04/27/2018 12:44 pm The brouhaha unleashed when Speaker Paul Ryan cashiered the House chaplain for an allegedly “political” prayer last year just took a new, and weird, turn. A major conservative leader who serves on the committee to choose a successor to the Rev. Patrick Conroy, SJ, laid out his desiderata for [...]

Priests Are Murdered All Over Mexico, and Persecution Has Nothing To Do With It (From Friendly Atheist)

Cartel-related violence in Mexico has soared out of control in recent years. Even previously safe, tourist-friendly towns like Cancun and Playa del Carmen are seeing their share of killings. Acapulco failed to retain the glamour-resort aura it acquired in the fifties and has now devolved into Mexico’s murder capital. From 2014 to 2017, reported homicides in [...]

Why Orthodox Christian Nations Remain Stuck (From Bloomberg.com)

Religion Their religious roots, not their Communist experience, support authoritarianism and risk aversion. by April 26, 2018, 5:36 AM PDT Different priorities. Photographer: Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images Eastern Orthodox Christianity has done more to shape certain ex-Communist countries than communism. It also, some say, made their people relatively unhappy and anti-capitalist. This theory got a lot [...]

This poll asked Americans if they believe in God. The answers were fascinating. (From Vox)

20 percent of Christians don’t believe in the God of the Bible — but 17 percent of religious “nones” do. “Do you believe in God?” The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that [...]

Democrats furious at Ryan over ousting of House chaplain (From POLITICO)

The Rev. Pat Conroy announced his resignation in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan in mid-April. But now Democrats allege Conroy was forced to step down by the speaker after being pressured by some members of his GOP conference. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Democrats are outraged over the resignation of the House chaplain, alleging he [...]

How the Kremlin may have helped Trump win the Catholic vote (From Vox)

Russia gave WikiLeaks stolen emails. WikiLeaks may have given Trump the Catholic vote. On April 11, 2011, a trio of prominent Catholic Democratic operatives traded a series of emails accusing Republicans of cherry-picking aspects of their religion for political gain. “It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith,” wrote John Halpin of the liberal Center for [...]

Feature: Dan Scavino, the Secretary of Offense (From New York Times)

Last July, President Donald Trump was sued in federal court over his Twitter habits. It wasn’t the tone or content of Trump’s approximately 37,300 tweets that had landed him in trouble. Instead, it was the possible unconstitutionality of the way he uses one feature of the platform: the block button. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

We May Never Truly Fathom Other Cultures – Facts So Romantic (From Nautilus)

Our discrete cultural universes are not easily bridged.Inca Princess - La Gran Ñusta Mama Occollo (early 1800s) / Denver Art Museum / WikicommonsIf they’re honest and humble enough, people who study societies that existed in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans will admit that they don’t really understand those societies. They’ll know the facts about pre-Hispanic [...]

‘We are watching you’: Political killings shake Mexico election (From U.S.)

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Magda Rubio had just launched her campaign for mayor of a small city in northern Mexico, when a chilling voice came through her cell phone. “Drop out,” the caller warned, “or be killed.” Policemen guard a crime scene where mayoral candidate Santana Cruz Bahena was gunned down at his home [...]

How Trump Moved the Mexican Border North (From POLITICO Magazine)

“My mom’s story is like a fairytale,” the boy said before he fell asleep on the living room sofa. His mother calls him her little angel. They live together in an unpainted shack at the back of a dirt cul-de-sac among trailers and birds of paradise on the outskirts of Houston. Sunshine filtered through the [...]

Feature: Dan Scavino, the Secretary of Offense (From New York Times)

Last July, President Donald Trump was sued in federal court over his Twitter habits. It wasn’t the tone or content of Trump’s approximately 37,300 tweets that had landed him in trouble. Instead, it was the possible unconstitutionality of the way he uses one feature of the platform: the block button. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia [...]

The Sex Education We Need (From First Things)

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexualityby nancy pearceybaker books, 336 pages, $22.99 Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality is Nancy Pearcey’s timely attempt to defend traditional Christian morality against a surging secular tide. In seven chapters, Pearcey takes on the most contentious issues of our time—abortion, euthanasia, sexual [...]

We May Never Truly Fathom Other Cultures – Facts So Romantic (From Nautilus)

Our discrete cultural universes are not easily bridged.Inca Princess - La Gran Ñusta Mama Occollo (early 1800s) / Denver Art Museum / WikicommonsIf they’re honest and humble enough, people who study societies that existed in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans will admit that they don’t really understand those societies. They’ll know the facts about pre-Hispanic [...]

How the Catholic Church censored the Golden Age of Hollywood (From Vox)

When you think of the Golden Age of Hollywood, you probably think of some of the greatest American movies ever made: Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca. But what you may not realize is that all of these movies were censored by the Catholic Church. From 1934 to 1954, every Hollywood movie needed to [...]

Under Catholic Church Rule, Hollywood Films Couldn’t Feature Interracial Couples (From Friendly Atheist)

How did the Catholic Church impact the “Golden Age of Hollywood”? They made sure that very Hollywood movie from 1934 to 1954 followed a strict moral code that forbade nudity, excessive drinking, mocking the clergy, showing interracial couples (yep), and acknowledging the existence of gay people. That’s what God wanted, after all. Vox explains the [...]

The Ultimate Catholic Showdown? Liberalism vs. Integralism at Harvard (From Public Discourse)

Harvard’s Museum of Natural History was an unlikely place for the Catholic intellectual showdown of the winter. For decades, Catholics have argued over the compatibility of their faith with liberalism, a plastic term that can include thinkers from Machiavelli and Locke to F.A. Hayek and John Rawls. As American society becomes more hostile to traditional [...]

Pope Francis Admits ‘Grave Errors’ in Chile Sex Abuse Cases (From New York Times)

ROME — Pope Francis has apologized for “grave errors” in the handling of sexual abuse cases in Chile, where he had adamantly defended a bishop accused of covering up abuse by the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.In an extraordinary letter to the bishops of Chile, published on Wednesday, a remorseful pope then invited representatives of [...]

Josh Rosen answers NFL critics – UCLA quarterback on Tom Brady, NCAA (From ESPN.com)

playRosen ready to take talents to the next level (0:45)After an impressive run at UCLA, Josh Rosen is ready to take his talents to the NFL. (0:45)5:00 AM PTCloseSam Alipour (@SamAlipour) is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com and the host of Hang Time.This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Apr. 23 NEXT [...]

What’s Really at Stake in the Battle for “Ideological Diversity” at Elite Media Outlets (From The Intercept)

Over the past two weeks, the elite media Twittersphere has erupted with extremely intense opinions about The Atlantic’s hiring and then reverse-hiring of Kevin Williamson, previously a writer for the National Review. Any regular human beings who took a wrong turn on the internet and encountered this storm of takes must have found it incomprehensibly bonkers. [...]

Did a TV Host Threaten to Sexually Torture a Teen? Not If You Get Hyperbole (From Friendly Atheist)

Until yesterday, Jamie Allman, a fire-breathing media personality in St. Louis, had two jobs — he hosted a radio program on KFTK-FM and a TV show on Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate KDNL-TV. Allman had to give up both after a recent tweet caused a firestorm: When we kick their ass they all like to claim we’re drunk. [...]