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The Feminine Mystique

December 28, 2017 | (1,370 words)
After an exhilarating half-century of sexual revolution, now is a good time to maybe step back and take stock. As everyone knows, our contemporary era of free love was initiated by the invention of a…

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The Ages of (this) Man

December 15, 2017 | (91 words)
The first twenty years are an introduction to things. The next forty years are a matter of making one’s way in the rowdy world. Now having given up the chase, the last twenty years of this man’s lif…

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Grisly Procedures

November 24, 2017 | (4,346 words)
For those who may be unfamiliar with her work, Linda Greenhouse is a New York Times Contributing Op-Ed Writer who covers the Supreme Court and the law. Her November 12, 2017 effort is entitled “The W…

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Pope Francis in Context: An American Responds

October 3, 2017 | (15,215 words)
Well, the long wait is finally over. With “Bergoglio in Context: Have the End Times come to Buenos Aires,” appearing in the June 2017 issue of Culture Wars magazine, readers now know where their fear…

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Life in the Universal Church

September 12, 2017 | (295 words)
Some Catholics find themselves drawn to a charismatic expression of their faith, while others are more naturally given to a quiet, contemplative pose. Some are what might be described as being of the…

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Civilization and Digestion

August 6, 2017 | (280 words)
Once our children reach the age of reason, a good deal of their subsequent development into civilized human beings occurs at the dinner table. There is the mastery of basic cutlery, of course, along…

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A Brief Word on Cultural Diversity

June 26, 2017 | (3,678 words)
It’s now been several decades since the slogan “our diversity is our strength” first became a popular refrain, and entered the vernacular as an accepted piece of wisdom. This is generally considered…

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A Commercial Republic and the End of Desire

May 30, 2017 | (5,255 words)
Advertisers, along with Las Vegas odds-makers, possess a Solomon-like understanding of their target audience. With remarkable precision they parse the buying public into pertinent demographic groups,…

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A New Pope Registers an Old Complaint

April 3, 2017 | (8,395 words)
The March 2003 invasion of Iraq was a polarizing event for American Catholics. If you recall, we were given a choice between supporting the American gospel of “spread democracy,” and adhering to the…

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Fabric Merchants and Fairness

March 1, 2017 | (1,803 words)
At this late date no reasonable person disputes the broad outline of the positive effects of free enterprise, expressed by Arthur Brooks in his essay “Confessions of a Catholic Convert to Capitalism,”…

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