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February 20, 2013

The Romans, as any first-year Latin student can tell you, were in the practice of ending their sentences with verbs. Regina agricolam amat, for example. Literally, “The queen the farmer loves.” Unless you are Yoda, however, you would speak this sentence in English this way: “The queen loves the farmer.” (Something tells me this relationship is not going to work out.)

In any case, Latin word order often (not always) proceeds this way: subject, object,...

February 18, 2013

My last post declaring that women were not suited to military combat because it is contrary to their nature provoked a surprising number of responses questioning the distinctions between men and women made manifest in the natural law. Many of the responses were based on anecdotes, a method of argumentation that has its merits but also has its limits.  That being acknowledged, permit me to indulge in...

February 14, 2013

Leave it to the bizarre imagination of retail America (merchants and consumers alike) to turn the celebration of the moment when an angel of almighty God handed the palm of martyrdom to a third-century Roman priest into an opportunity to boost the bottom lines of candy manufacturers and lingerie vendors. It’s a pretty easy guess with what kind of judgment Valentinus would react.

Let’s bring the commemoration back into focus.

According to the 1962 Missal, St. Valentine was...

February 4, 2013

My friend Karl Keating made a clear and reasoned call for the careful development of an apologetic with which to respond to the cry for women in combat. Permit me to underscore his excellent point.

For two generations conservatives have been giving ground in the battle over women in combat. Pete Dupont sponsored the legislation to integrate...

January 31, 2013

Many things the Holy Father doesprobably mostgo unnoticed by the majority of Catholics, and I fear His Holiness’s new Twitter account is unlikely to change that for more than a passing instant, so much do our attentions these days flit from one experience to the next. If I still have you reading after one complex...