On Public Statuary

Although scientists like to flatter themselves, this is not an “age of science.” The use of reason to make sense of things has been in decline for a long time, and we compare rather poorly to the men of the Dark Ages, who could be quite handy with if/then propositions. We believe what we want … Read more On Public Statuary

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Bizarro World

Politically correct etiquette sets boundaries around social class, constantly diminishing the supply of respectable people by casting out delinquents. For urban professionals, the precarity of living on the precipice of cancellation is the price of erecting barriers to entry around their institutions and social spheres. It is no coincidence that the new standards of etiquette … Read more Bizarro World

Everything Beautiful, Abortion Destroys: Mother Teresa in 1985, 35 Years Ago

Will we do everything in our power not to destroy life? Will we love? Will we be loved? Mother Teresa put these kinds of questions 35 years ago this weekend to the National Right to Life convention. Help mothers, whomever they may be, wherever they may be. And if they don’t want their children, “Mother … Read more Everything Beautiful, Abortion Destroys: Mother Teresa in 1985, 35 Years Ago

Small Is Beautiful: How Small Groups Can Transform Large Parishes

Week after week attending Sunday Mass at her newfound parish, Mariette Coolidge had not yet made a friend. She had uprooted her life in California after the death of her husband and moved to Huntersville knowing nobody but her immediate family. As a community of 8,000 souls, St. Mark’s Catholic Church looked formidable. “I met … Read more Small Is Beautiful: How Small Groups Can Transform Large Parishes

This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

Britain is in the throes of a Cultural Revolution. Statues are being tumbled, past art erased, people cancelled. Wide-eyed Woke Guards, heirs to Maoist-style intolerance, are compiling lists of monuments to target and individuals to humiliate. They are remorseless. Nothing old that runs counter to their newthink can be tolerated. Tear it all down. The … Read more This has become a neo-Maoist war on the past

The White-Guilt Cult

It’s been coming for some time, this transmutation of white guilt into a cult, a religion that borrows from and intersects with Christianity but substitutes its own liturgy. In the Nineties, liberal white Hollywood filmmakers began to nourish a fantasy that black people were imbued with magical powers, and they built stories around angelic or … Read more The White-Guilt Cult

Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

Madison believed that the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment were the source “for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity, over error and oppression.” Even so, the new nation experienced backslides into censorship from the very beginning. The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed in 1798, and mobs gathered to … Read more Free Speech and Its Present Crisis

The history and mystery of America’s long-lost pickle sandwich

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why bread-and-butter pickles are called bread-and-butter pickles? “I thought they were called that because they’re sweeter and less vinegary,” a friend tells me. “You know, smooth as butter.” I had never questioned their name either, but rather quietly, to myself, word-associated bread-and-butter with “reliable”—just like the idiom. What … Read more The history and mystery of America’s long-lost pickle sandwich

15 Tips to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away: Treat Pools of Water Treat pools of water you can’t drain to kill mosquito larvae. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to get rid of standing water. And sometimes, like when you have a small pond, you just don’t want to. And we certainly love adding water features to the backyard. Pour … Read more 15 Tips to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard

John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

These times, it is already trite to observe, are sad and dangerous, filled as they are with roving bands of rabid “Twitter Robespierres.” Liberalism – true liberalism – is rejected, in deed if not always in word, by many who once called themselves “liberal.” Humanity’s brutality, we see again, is never far from the surface … Read more John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

Class, Not Race, Divides America

The next time we hear a lecture about caring from a woke Yale professor, or a sermon on systematic racism from a CEO, or more Hollywood confessional video drivel, we should pause and politely ask, “But where do your children go to school? And why do you live where you live? And dine with whom … Read more Class, Not Race, Divides America

Eucharistic procession in Madison, WI, traverses sites of looting, unrest

“There are forces trying to pull God out of our nation,” Fr. Richard Heilman told participants. “We’re walking and praying with our Lord, and asking that Our Lord be every bit a part of our nation.” . . . Christ came to the public square here in the capitol of Wisconsin on Sunday. He processed … Read more Eucharistic procession in Madison, WI, traverses sites of looting, unrest

The exceptional Catholic novelist behind the popular Downton Abbey

When, several years ago, my wife first asked me to watch Downton Abbey with her, I was somewhat skeptical. A television show which had become that much of a fad seemed unlikely to be particularly worthwhile but I decided to give it a try and was soon thrilled with my decision. Not because it was … Read more The exceptional Catholic novelist behind the popular Downton Abbey

First Family, Then Freedom

Without stronger kin, the American way grows fatally weak. . . . We should be concerned about the falling fortunes of the family in this nation because, as Thomas Klingenstein has noted, such a downfall poses a very real threat to the health of the American way of life. Consider three key elements of our … Read more First Family, Then Freedom

Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

We are now reaping the whirlwind of irrationality led by the so-called “educated-class”. . . . It seems that almost everybody is angry these days, and there are a lot of good reasons for it. Injustices have abounded in the last few months. Bad cops have killed helpless citizens, rioters and looters have disrupted legal … Read more Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

What To Do When Children Leave the Church

It’s a heartbreak for faithful Catholics parents when their children leave the Church. Even among families trying to do everything right, results are often mixed. Since we are one family in Christ, it is a situation that affects us all. For families suffering this heartache, here are insights from an author in that situation, a … Read more What To Do When Children Leave the Church

Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Democrats have met the enemy, and it is the police. Well, not all police. They love the heavily armed federal police at agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Just days after George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, Democrats managed to compile a sweeping police reform bill that would, among … Read more Yes, Let’s Defund The Police … At The EPA

Chronicles of scientism

As an old Cold Warrior, and once “science kid,” whose childhood developed through the 1960s, there is nothing that ought to surprise me. We have Antifa today; we had the Weather Underground then. We have parallels to every event I witnessed through the idiot box of adolescence, and vice versa. Even the destruction of American … Read more Chronicles of scientism

America Begins to See More Clearly Now What Its Black Citizens Always Knew

It reminded me of the conversation back in the Pentagon during my last week in uniform. I told my colleague that since my 16th birthday I’d been pulled over about 40 times by police — almost always escaping citations by intentionally handing over my military ID along with my driver’s license. I told him of … Read more America Begins to See More Clearly Now What Its Black Citizens Always Knew

Begging the Mob’s Forgiveness Doesn’t Work

You can’t apologize enough to the woke and the restless. After the actual riots, the metaphorical ones. Reputations get burned down. Careers get their windows smashed in. Character gets assassinated. Much of this has been nearly as senseless, emotion-driven, and inane as the actual burning, looting, and destroying of urban neighborhoods. Attacking Drew Brees for … Read more Begging the Mob’s Forgiveness Doesn’t Work

Protesting on Both Knees

On June 4, I was returning from early morning Mass for religious sisters across Midtown Manhattan when, on 48th Street, I entered the pedestrian protective tunnel of a construction site. There was an African American construction worker on the other side of the tunnel who, as I approached, asked at high volume, presumably for his … Read more Protesting on Both Knees

The Coming Christian Reckoning

There is nothing left for us but taking the Benedict Option, which is to say, turning inward to build (rebuild) our spiritual houses, and cultivate not passion for “issues,” but disciplines of prayer, catechesis, and cultivating a willingness to suffer for our faith. I expect that a number of congregations will be seized by a … Read more The Coming Christian Reckoning

Helping a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide

Grief after losing someone to suicide can feel like a rollercoaster, full of intense ups and downs and everything in between. There are healthy ways to cope loss. Resources are available on campus to help your friend’s academic and emotional needs. Encourage your friend to reach out to other friends, family, and supportive others when … Read more Helping a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide