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Post date: 08/09/2019
After a series of columns about where we all agree, I come to the question of racism, and things become complicated. What I mean is that with the issues of immigration, jobs, abortion and the environment, overwhelming majorities of Americans agree on many of the same policy solutions. I have written on this over the last several months using...
Post date: 08/09/2019
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently celebrated Religious Freedom Week (June 22-29). This provides as good an occasion as any for an update on religious freedom. The development is a U.S. Supreme Court decision, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, upholding the constitutionality of a cross monument on public property. In...
Post date: 08/09/2019
Fifty years ago last month, the crew of Apollo 11, the world’s latest heroes, were doing decidedly unheroic things: napping, drinking beer, playing cards, reading magazines and otherwise killing time in the Manned Spacecraft Center’s “Lunar Receiving Facility.” They were quarantined there to ensure that no lethal bugs had been brought back...
Post date: 08/09/2019
I want to talk about the “Equality Act” (H.R. 5) approved by the House of Representatives this spring. But first a disclaimer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reaffirms that homosexual acts are not morally acceptable – and it teaches that men and women with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity...
Post date: 07/10/2019
In our modern culture, religious liberty faces a fundamental problem. Too often, it is narrowly conceived as “special pleading.”  By this, I mean religious liberty is perceived as an avenue by which certain religious views seek special treatment and protections. This applies particularly to religious views which have lost their former cultural and...
Post date: 07/10/2019
As we look at where Americans agree with each other, I would like to take up the question of the environment. Let me start with my own experience.  I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, which has been called the “mistake on the lake.” The epithet was invented because the Cuyahoga River, the main river that divides Cleveland and that feeds into Lake Erie,...
Post date: 07/10/2019
More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most-viewed show to air on HBO.  Yet many were dissatisfied with what they saw, hurling gripe after grouse online. The finale didn’t fit the ethos of the show, fans insisted. It was overly sentimental. It tarnished the show’s legacy. More...
Post date: 07/10/2019
Our political life has become such a war of words that many may not notice that the Trump administration has done something very good and long overdue – and is being condemned for it. The very good thing is a regulation to implement numerous federal laws on conscience rights in health care, chiefly on conscientious objection to abortion. One law,...
Post date: 06/18/2019
When Shakespeare wrote, “Parting is such sweet sorrow” for that gripping first balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet,” he was referring to the simultaneous pain of parting and the joyous anticipation of a future reunion. Many parents, teachers and parishioners can relate. Letting go of their elementary school, high school or college graduate is no...
Post date: 06/18/2019
In the last few months I’ve been writing about things that unify us. As I have contended for some time, we are not as divided a nation as we think. One area of agreement less controversial than abortion or immigration is jobs. Most readers may not remember Florence Reece, but she’s the author of “Which Side Are You On?” a folk song written in 1931...

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