• The New York Times Reacts to Falling Fertility Rates

    A recent article in The New York Times on America’s declining fertility rates—“American Fertility Is Falling Short of What Women Want” (I note the article’s title appears to have changed)—was as concerning and risible as the news they reported. The concerning part was its... Read more
  • The lab or love? Catholic women and STEM careers

      There is a manifest faith and science conflict that no one talks about, so here goes. Young Catholic women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (i.e., STEM careers) get mixed messages from their two cultures—scientific and Catholic. I am concerned... Read more
  • Is America Running Out of Patience with LGBT Activism?

    GLAAD, a leading gay advocacy outfit, released a new report showing that positive attitudes toward homosexuality and people who identify as LGBT have decreased a bit over the last few years. They sum up their findings rather starkly: “This year’s survey reflects a decline with people’s... Read more
  • ‘The Dating Project’ documentary takes on the status quo of looking for love in America

    On the one hand, when it comes to trying to get us to spend our money and focus on love and romance during the month of February, advertisers don’t waste any time in attempting to grab our attention. They start gearing up Dec. 26, and that’s no exaggeration. That means that by the time the... Read more
  • Cardinal Marx promotes false news about blessings and “homosexual unions”

    While reading the news that Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference and one of the nine members of Council of Cardinal Advisers, had recently “declared that, in his view, Catholic priests can conduct blessing ceremonies for homosexual couples,” a couple of... Read more
  • Looking Down Syndrome in the Face

    Before I met my son Max, I’d never spent much time with anyone who has Down syndrome. There was a disabled man in the small town where I grew up. He was big, and to a child (at least to me) he seemed dangerous. He violated personal boundaries. He seemed to leer at people, especially women.... Read more
  • Pope Marries Couple on Papal Plane in Chile

    Aboard The Papal Plane (AP) -- Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago.  Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after... Read more
  • The “Fruits” of Contraception

    In our culture’s current self-examination on sexual harassment and sexual abuse, we would also do well to ponder how the “contraceptive mentality” has contributed to the many sexually related problems of the day. This view insists that there is no necessary connection between sex and... Read more
  • Can marriage help prevent dementia?

    There is a lot of evidence that marriage protects your health and makes you wealthier. Some studies show that it also tends to keep your mind in good working order, and that has now been confirmed by a review of 15 studies from Europe, North and South America, and Asia, involving more than... Read more
  • How (Not) to Respond to the Fall of Matt Lauer

    NBC’s Matt Lauer. CBS’s Charlie Rose. NPR’s Michael Oreskes. Amazon’s Roy Price. The New York Times’s Glenn Thrush. Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. Congress’s Al Franken and John Conyers. Who’s next? And how should we respond? I understand that... Read more