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What do we do about an intrusive and unhinged public order?

My October column in Crisis deals with just that question.

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Public order, identity, and the church

That series of abstractions is in fact the topic of my new column at Catholic World Report.

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Living with Papa when he's a bit quirky

That’s the topic of my new column in Crisis Magazine.
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August columns

I have a piece at Catholic World Report on the pitfalls of world government and one at Crisis Magazine on the consequences of the changes leading to the recent Supreme Court decision on “gay marriage.”

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Finding our way forward in bad times

I’ve a couple of pieces on that topic, one at Crisis Magazine on the virtue of docility–readiness to learn and be taught–in a time of teachers who are both weak and willful, and one at Catholic World Report on the collectivist temptation in present day Catholic thought.

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What prospects for thought?

I follow up last month’s piece at Catholic World Report on the destruction of thought with another on its possible future.

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The Church and the god of this world

Current public thought excludes basic realities, so we shouldn’t use it as a basis of discussion with people today. That’s the thought behind my latest piece at Crisis Magazine.

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How do we smarten up when everything's dumbing down?

I just published a brace of pieces on that timely topic at Crisis Magazine and Catholic World Report.

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A Catholic patriotism

My current column at Catholic World Report says that America’s a country and not a cause or creed, so there’s no reason to put Catholicism and patriotism at odds with each other. Indeed, the two go together.

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The Flynn Effect, technocracy, and natural law

I go into all that and more in my latest at Crisis Magazine.

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Catholicism and the ideological temptation

Current politics has lost any reasonable conception of the public good. That has to change, and changing it should be central to Catholic political activity. So says my latest piece at Catholic World Report.

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How should normal people think about charges of bigotry?

My latest at Crisis Magazine. The analysis focuses on the Church and charges of “sexism” and so on, but the implications are broader.

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Where to go with social teaching?

Another piece at Catholic World Report, this one on the difficulties of “business as usual” in the face of radical and inhuman tendencies.

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Is “sexual immorality” a useful concept?

Current at Crisis Magazine, more comments on a topic that’s intellectually quite interesting but people don’t want to talk about. (Which means that obfuscation, sophistry, and bad faith are left an open field).

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Reality matters

My latest piece for Catholic World Report is a sort of variation on the Crisis piece below.

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Does doctrine matter?

I say it does, in my latest piece at Crisis Magazine, because reality matters. The line of thought would, of course, only apply to true doctrine.

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What the traditional Mass means to me

And here’s my latest at Crisis Magazine. I had no idea that something on the traditional Mass would be such clickbait.

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Normality is not hatred

The recovery of human nature

I have another column at Catholic World Report, this one about the necessity of a settled understanding of human nature, the difficulty of establishing on in global technocratic society, and what to do about that situation.

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What is the Church’s political role?

My latest column at Crisis Magazine says that the Church should be very cautious in supporting secular political projects. It makes bishops feel they’re involved in something important but the ultimate point of the project is likely to be something inhuman because that’s the nature of modern political life.

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