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Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform

October 25, 2014
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], many Catholics have downplayed the starkness of what happened…
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Localist Roundup: Book Deserts

October 23, 2014
This article bemoans the farm subsidiary structure in the US and wishes for more diversity in agriculture. Meanwhile, this piece notes that the oft-mentioned millennial generation is continuing the trend of urbanization in the US. Finally, this piece highlights the important of…
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The Inconstant Gardners

October 23, 2014
Those whom fortune has favored so bountifully as to place them within spitting distance of Batavia, New York, this Saturday, October 25, at 8 pm, are invited to drop by the Pok-a-Dot diner for our 18th annual “Batavia Reads Gardner”…
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Monday Morning Roundtable

October 22, 2014
Starting this coming Monday (October 27) readers will be invited to sit-in on our “Monday Morning Roundtable.” We’re still working on the name – The Jester suggested “The Brass Spittoon.” Every Monday we will have 4 FPR regulars engage in a conversation…
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Silence of Monks

October 22, 2014
“For it becomes the master to speak and to teach, but it beseems the disciple to be silent and to listen.” The Rule of St. Benedict Fall break. I am spending a week with fourteen college students, plus my son,…
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Localist Roundup: Equality, Music, and Corn

October 21, 2014
This article looks at the relationship between technology and equality. In other news, Grist has a piece on Wendell Berry and local food. And this article looks at one school district that is taking pains to provide students with healthy…
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The Modest Republic

October 20, 2014
Gracy Olmstead reviews The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics. Both the review and the book are well worth reading.…
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Clevelands Rock

October 17, 2014
From The American Conservative, the love story of Frankie and Uncle Jumbo.…
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Localist Roundup: A Stroll to the Store

October 16, 2014
This article notes how adolescence is stretching further into the twenty-somethings. And, in this piece, a non-profit encourages people to walk to get their groceries. Lastly, this interview discusses ways the ongoing “war on terror” has been used to grasp…
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Remembering Leonard Liggio

October 16, 2014
Ralph Raico eulogizes his old friend and fellow Youth for Taft Leonard Liggio, a sweet and erudite man.…
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Discussing Virtue, Daily

October 15, 2014
“It is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others…” Socrates, The Apology Philosophers can get a bad rap—among other things for…
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I Wish That I Had Jesse’s Book

October 14, 2014
Walker, that is. His The United States of Paranoia is out today in paperback. Buy, read, enjoy.…
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Localist Roundup: Too Much Food?

October 14, 2014
This piece highlights the use of parklets–sidewalk extensions taking up the space normally used for curbside parking spaces–in Chicago. Meanwhile, this piece claims that agribusinesses are overproducing. And this article indicates that much of this food goes on to be…
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Who’s Hiding from Whom

October 8, 2014
“The real nature of things is accustomed to hide itself.” Heraclitus Heraclitus seems to imply that reality strives to veil itself. Is there a latent cruelty in reality—that it recedes from our comprehension? Maybe we should make a distinction: there…
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Localist Roundup: Pernicious Mobile Wallets

October 7, 2014
The news has been abuzz recently with yesterday’s Supreme Court (non)ruling on same-sex marriage. The USDA continues to try to support local food, this time by including farmers markets in its health initiatives. Meanwhile, this article considers the social harms…
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Making a Home Where You Live. An Interview.

October 6, 2014
Here’s an interview I did with Colin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. The occasion was the publication of Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred McClay and Ted V. McAllister. My essay, “Making…
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