An unexpected controversy: If the book “Ask Your Husband” were pulled from publication, you might have thought it would be after the publisher faced pushback from scholars taking issue with its provocative reading of the Catholic intellectual tradition. ‘Ask Your Husband,’ or his brother? Controversial book pulled after plagiarism charge (Pillar Catholic)
Catholic modernisms: “The Christian life and the Church’s evangelizing mission are not administrative programs but a culture and way of life.” Synodality, Sociologism, and the Judgement of History (Communio)
Puberty blockers: The kids in this study who accessed puberty blockers or hormones had better mental health outcomes at the end of the study than they did at its beginning? Researchers Found Puberty Blockers And Hormones Didn’t Improve Trans Kids’ Mental Health At Their Clinic. Then They Published A Study Claiming The Opposite. (Updated) (Jesse Singal)
Something happened: In my early twenties, approaching Lent, I opened my first Walker Percy novel. It was Love in the Ruins. Watching, Waiting, and Lent-ing with Walker Percy (Church Life Journal)
Vatican’s “trial of the century”: The Italian press hints that there is something strange, possibly even salacious, in the Becciu-Marogna relationship. As focus in Vatican trial shifts to ex-watchdog, is it legal or personal? (Crux Now)
New standards in New Jersey: In June 2020, New Jersey’s Board of Education approved student learning standards for “Comprehensive Health and Physical Education” with an 8-4 vote. The curriculum is set to go into effect by September of this year. New Jersey to require second-graders to learn about gender identity and climate change. (The Blaze)
‘Gender-critical’ views: Three years ago, Dominic Lawson wrote a column on how women’s access to exclusive private spaces was being eroded in the name of ‘trans rights’. Why are women attacked by the trans lobby while we men get far less abuse?
“This is not who I am”: It is commonplace to hear such statements as mere evasions of responsibility, and often they are. Something Happened By Us: A Demonology (The New Atlantis)
Secular totalitarianism: Catholics, in fact everyone, should be concerned about ‘The Great Reset.’ It is not a conspiracy theory. It is very real. And its aim really is a new world order. Archbishop Viganò is Right About ‘The Great Reset’ (Catholic Stand)
Christ in art: An illustration by fourth-century church father Athanasius of Alexandria came to mind as I read Russ Ramsey’s Rembrandt Is in the Wind: Learning to Love Art Through the Eyes of Faith. Christ’s Beauty in Our Brokenness: How to Love Art Through the Eyes of Faith
A lack of Catholic voices: Is this also an important religion story? It certainly is. News Media Quiet As A Mouse Regarding Catholic Angles In Disney-DeSantis Dispute (Religion Unplugged)
Flannery O’Connor’s fiction: Re-reading Flannery O’Connor’s Mystery and Manners, I have been reminded how insightful and stimulating are Flannery’s insights into the nature of fiction. The Power of O’Connor’s Fiction and Her Faith (The Tablet)
It’s not just a phase: The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Why The Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid (The Atlantic)
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