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May 18, 2016

If I had been the Holy Spirit’s editor when he was inspiring the Bible, I would have recommended that he not include that New Testament verse where Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). Better still, I would have recommended keeping the verse but adding a clarifying commentary so that it could not be misused by American moral liberals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. I would have had Jesus speak a few more words, beginning with, “Please, don’t...

May 13, 2016
An ancient fresco depicting Phoebe, the deaconess mentioned in Romans 16:1

Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share.

1. What happened?

On Thursday, May 12, Pope Francis met with a group of women religious who asked him about the possibility of creating a commission to study the possibility of women deacons, or deaconesses.

Edward Pentin...

May 12, 2016
Pope Francis knows the difference between "women deacons" and deaconesses.

If you heard a sonic boom in the last twenty-four hours or so, it was likely from the shock waves created by high-speed news reports on Pope Francis agreeing to create a special commission to examine the possibility of “women deacons” in the Church.

But if you’ve been there and done that (and even have the T-shirt), you already know that the high-speed prose that gives the secular media heart palpitations usually comes crashing back down to Earth in the form of a serious reality check...

May 11, 2016
If one can be a woman, why can't the other be a cat?

 If you haven’t seen “College Kids Say the Darndest Things,” a recent video released by the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), check it out. You will either laugh or weep.

Joseph Backholm, the executive director of FPIW, interviewed eight students from the University of Washington about gender identity. Backholm, a white, 5' 9"...