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Are pro-lifers really pro-life?

May 23, 2022 James Kalb 22

People who don’t like the pro-life movement often say it can’t really be concerned about the baby. Its concern stops at birth, they say, so it must have a hidden agenda, like oppressing women—especially poor […]

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The question of the sexes

December 2, 2021 James Kalb 8

Women find men puzzling, and men say they don’t understand women. So the relation between the sexes is evidently a part of human life in which clear understanding is hard to come by. Academic expertise […]

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Tradition and traditionalism

November 2, 2021 James Kalb 34

“Traditionalism” mostly has a bad name among commentators. Critics often quote a comment by historian Jaroslav Pelikan: Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Tradition lives […]

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What is freedom?

October 14, 2021 James Kalb 8

We talk about freedom as if we knew what it is, but it’s a tricky business. Issues relating to health are a constant source of dispute, so they dramatize some of the problems. Medical freedom […]

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Tradition, the Church, and the World

September 1, 2021 James Kalb 64

The dispute over the continuing value of the Traditional Latin Mass has drawn attention to the question of tradition and its role in the Church. That’s a complicated matter. Tradition is important, but not the […]