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June 15, 2015

I spent the last few days at a men’s retreat in Nebraska. To a Californian, Nebraska is a peculiar state. It’s unrelentingly green and nearly flat. Low hills rise just enough to block distant vistas. You can’t see more than a couple of miles, at least in the part of the state where I was. Your view is truncated, which may be appropriate when trying to focus on the interior life.

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June 8, 2015

People leave the Catholic Church for all sorts of reasons, none of them sufficient but some of them better than others.

I can understand if someone concludes that certain Catholic teachings are wrong and that, in conscience, he must cease to be a Catholic. There are former Catholics who left because they decided that the Real Presence isn’t real or that popes don’t have a special role or that women ought to be ordained. I can understand their decision while thinking them wrong in...

June 4, 2015

In light of the Vanity Fair cover story about Bruce Jenner’s decision to undergo a "gender transition" and current desire to be called Caitlyn Jenner, I thought it would be appropriate to look at five important questions those who support gender-transitioning need to answer.

1. What determines reality: facts or feelings?

My wife used to work at a psychiatric hospital where it was standard procedure to not feed into a patient’s...

June 1, 2015

I last saw Don nearly forty years ago. We were on the veranda of a house at the top of the cliffs in Laguna Beach, watching the sunset and sipping fine California wine. Don was explaining how he had come to be fired from his job as a political science professor at his university.

Ever since then I’ve considered his to be a story of how tragedy—in the proper Greek sense—can affect anyone...

May 29, 2015

Years ago, my wife and I were at a fundraiser for a candidate who was then running for President of the United States, and I struck up a conversation with a Catholic attorney who does great work for various pro-life causes. I'll call him John. The conversation had hardly turned from small talk about family and children to pro-life matters when John made the claim, "Anyone who is pro-death penalty cannot make the claim to being pro-life because the two positions are oxymoronic."

 "Oh,...