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Hostility Comes to the Surface

October 2, 2011 Diogenes 0

Any Catholic American who lived through the Long Lent of 2002 can sympathize with the beleaguered Catholics of Ireland today. Especially for someone like myself, a native Bostonian, the scenes that are playing out now […]

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It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear

June 30, 2011 Diogenes 0

Emancipation from religious authority produced in its wake a litter of thumb-sucking books ostensibly designed to help children deal with the consequences of their parents’ brave quest for self-fulfillment, most notably the anguish of divorce. […]

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Point of Order

May 31, 2011 Diogenes 0

Editor’s note: Diogenes has, unfortunately, ceased writing. But this essay from our archives, written in July 2007, has lost none of its original relevance. Utterly null, absolutely void, and endowed with gushing media coverage: another […]

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The March of History

May 16, 2011 Diogenes 0

A) Not so very long ago, some American states refused to recognize a marriage if the spouses were of different racial backgrounds. Today we all deplore that benighted attitude, and recognize the loving unions of […]

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Rather Trying to Keep His Head Down

May 16, 2011 Diogenes 0

The March issue of The Atlantic magazine has a lengthy article by Paul Elie called “The Velvet Reformation.” It’s partly a profile of Dr. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, and partly a stock-taking of […]

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Simon Says, the Pope Distorts Science

May 15, 2011 Diogenes 0

The Lancet blows a gasket, and the BBC is on the story: One of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, the Lancet, has accused Pope Benedict XVI of distorting science in his remarks on condom […]

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You Are My Witnesses

May 15, 2011 Diogenes 0

The following address is my own creation; it has never been actually been delivered to a live audience. But it could be, and should be. With appropriate changes, it could be used with equal effect […]

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Can’t Get No Respect

May 14, 2011 Diogenes 0

Let me hear you say it: Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not […]

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Right from the Beginning

May 13, 2011 Diogenes 0

In March the National Catholic Reporter made available some correspondence of Father Gerald Fitzgerald, founder of the Servants of the Paraclete, who was able to call a spade a spade even without the benefit of […]

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Thin Skin

May 12, 2011 Diogenes 0

Going into the June meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Father Tom Reese was not happy. The American bishops had not been listening to him. At their June meeting the US bishops […]