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Norms, Abnormality, and False Liberation

October 2, 2016 James Kalb 0

What’s bad about normalizing homosexuality and other forms of sexual nonconformity? If a woman becomes sexually involved with another woman, or redefines herself as a man, how does it harm anyone else? Why not just […]

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Brexit, Trump, and Identity

August 8, 2016 James Kalb 0

Brexit and the Trump movement, with their emphasis on  the decisive importance of national identity, show that explicit identity politics has spread to all points of the political compass. That’s not surprising, since identity is […]

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When Should We Ignore Tradition?

June 18, 2016 James Kalb 0

Last month I noted that tradition is not self-contained or absolute. It’s complex, so that superior, subordinate, and parallel traditions often come into conflict. Local tradition may say one thing, Church or national tradition quite another. […]

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What Should We Do About Natural Law?

February 4, 2016 James Kalb 0

Catholics talk about natural law, but what’s it all about? Basically, it’s a system of principles that guides human life in accordance with our nature and our good, insofar as those can be known by […]

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Theory, Practice, and the Church

January 14, 2016 James Kalb 0

There has been a great deal of talk in the Church lately about a supposed opposition between rules and reality, theology and life, doctrine and pastoral considerations. Some of the talk has gone to extremes, […]