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Beyond Their Expertise

December 1, 2011 Philip F. Lawler 0

The Catholic Church does not claim teaching authority on matters of economics and finance. When the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issues a statement on the world’s financial markets, faithful Catholics are not bound […]

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A Smooth Operator

November 1, 2011 Philip F. Lawler 0

What’s the best way for an influential liturgist to help with the implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal? Why, by criticizing it, of course! Do you follow that logic? Neither do I. […]

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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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Mock Journalism

August 8, 2011 Philip F. Lawler 0

This is getting to be a very old story: When the secular media cover events in which women claim ordination as Catholic priests, reporters abandon all ordinary journalistic standards. A National Public Radio (NPR) story […]

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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 […]