Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform

Phoenix, Arizona. In his recent New York Times column, Ross Douthat appropriately reveals the grave crisis that Pope Francis has foisted on the Roman Catholic Church: In the week since [the recent Synod],… [more]

Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform

Patriotism in Little

Louisville, Kentucky.  One of the things I found on moving home to Kentucky 22 years ago is that our love of country is a very little and very local thing. Our love for our large country as a whole is… [more]

Patriotism in Little Patriotism in Little

Smitten With The Mitten: Beer in SW Michigan

Holland, MI Most “beer ranking lists” have Michigan somewhere in the top 5 of best beer states. I don’t need a list to tell me that I already know Michigan has an embarrassment of riches on this… [more]

Smitten With The Mitten: Beer in SW Michigan Smitten With The Mitten: Beer in SW Michigan
Providence, RI There are in these recent days at least three matters of great importance confronting my beloved land, The Assimilated Provinces of Megalomerica. They are related to one another. Indeed they must be related to one another, because in…
Pope_Francis_in_March_2013_b Belief that the Holy Spirit invariably leads the Roman Catholic Church to what is true requires one to suspend reasonable skepticism about the typical dysfunction and fallibility of humans and human institutions. Moreover, it seems appropriate for individual Christians (even…
cs_lewis-heretic … which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
The_REAL_Rainbow_Babies (1) When I’m a dead white male I will have achieved the apotheosis of repugnance.
Or, “Shaken and Stirred: The Cosmopolitan, the City, and the Regime of God” Queens, NY The following essay was presented at FPR’s annual conference in Louisville on September 27. What I’m going to try to do today is convince you…
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] It’s clear to me that one of the primary things people (in the United States, certainly, but also elsewhere) think about when trying to understand the differences between large cities and small ones–perhaps not as…
SwearingenTexasFarmHouse103104EWhetstone Life can seem a bit like an unending family reunion.
Recently I travelled to Louisville to attend the Front Porch Republic conference. The experience was memorable in several ways—not least of all in the outstanding presentations and remarkable fellowship. It also occasioned for me reflection upon a now common means…
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.” As part of the…