SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
C C Pecknold

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January 03, 2020
A group of more than 200 members of Congress, including 39 Republican Senators, and 166 House Republicans, have signed an Amicus Brief arguing that Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood “should be reconsidered and, if appropriate, overruled.” The brief comes in support of a Louisiana law that would require abortion doctors to have
December 27, 2019
In the 1940s, a Jesuit theologian named Henri Bouillard proclaimed that a theology which is not “up to date” is a “false theology.” At such arrogance, the French Dominican Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange pounded his fist, and his pen, to insist that it’s not the eternal truths which should be conformed to a changing world, but a
December 26, 2019
Progressives are denouncing JK Rowling this week, insisting that she has ruined Harry Potter in a single tweet. One can almost hear them cry, “burn the books!” What’s puzzling about this is that JK Rowling is hardly a conservative opponent of all things liberal. On the contrary, she’s the consummate liberal with all the right
December 26, 2019
The Lutheran pastor and humorist Hans Fiene recently remarked “the most obnoxious Protestants in the world are liberal boomer Catholics.” The comment, both funny and true, was prompted by a video which surfaced of a June 30th protest at a Mass celebrated at St Francis Church in Portland, Oregon. The sparsely attended parish was filled
December 20, 2019
Progressives are denouncing JK Rowling this week, insisting that she has ruined Harry Potter in a single tweet. One can almost hear them cry, “burn the books!”  What’s puzzling about this is that JK Rowling is hardly a conservative opponent of all things liberal. On the contrary, she’s the consummate liberal with all the right
December 17, 2019
The neighborhoods which dot the Potomac River are brightly lit now. Christmas lights seem to appear steadily throughout the weeks of Advent. How they appear is mostly hidden from view. Some homes are almost impossibly illuminated, replete with inflatable snowmen, minions, or, more tastefully, nutcrackers. Many surely light up their homes as a kind of
December 13, 2019
Accompaniment has been a watchword of the pontificate of Pope Francis. It’s a word which normally means that musical part which gives harmonic support to a melody. While an accompaniment can be simple or complex, its main job is to support the central performance— to elevate and perfect it. In this sense, it’s a beautiful
December 10, 2019
A major debate over the public harm of pornography erupted over the weekend after US lawmakers published a letter to Attorney General William Barr, asking him to use existing obscenity laws to restrict pornography. The letter noted that the explosion of Internet pornography has “coincided with an increase in violence towards women and an increase
December 06, 2019
As I drive through the nation’s capital, marijuana smoke wafts out of many car windows. In recent years, it has become the dominant aroma of the city. Hiding beneath this or that underpass, I glimpse tents surrounded by shopping carts filled with garbage bags, blankets, and cardboard. A ten or twelve-year-old boy burdened with a
December 03, 2019
Advent is upon us. It’s hard to fathom. Just at the moment the world seems to be racing headlong toward consummations of material desire, Advent slows the Christian down. Where did it come from? Why does it have this elongating effect on time? How should it work upon us? In one sense, Advent is the
November 29, 2019
George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation reads, “it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” Nearly seventy-five years later, to a nation torn asunder by the Civil War, Lincoln would say
November 28, 2019
It seems unthinkable to us today, but for centuries parents allowed their young sons to be sexually mutilated before puberty if they seemed to have great promise as singers. That’s because there was enormous social reward for the castrati. Mutilating an eight- or nine-year-old boy was also a kind of hormonal therapy which had a range of
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