SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
C C Pecknold

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August 08, 2019
It’s no secret that marriage and family have been under heavy attack in Western culture for quite some time. Not intelligent attacks, mind you, but brutish ones that trade on crippled desires. No one has taken these attacks on our social nature more seriously than the Catholic Church. It’s quite remarkable that, despite her own
August 06, 2019
Numb from a whole day of news on the mass murder in El Paso and Dayton, I was surprised by my eldest son’s suggestion that we watch together that 21st century classic: Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002) based on the Philip Dick short story. My son had never seen it, and I hadn’t watched it
August 02, 2019
Last Spring, the Hollywood actress Charlize Theron was asked about her adopted boy, Jackson, who had been spotted wearing girl’s dresses. Theron brusquely replied to the reporter, “I thought she was a boy…until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’” Not one to argue with
July 30, 2019
It’s no secret that marriage and family have been under heavy attack in Western culture for quite some time. Not intelligent attacks, mind you, but brutish ones that trade on crippled desires. No one has taken these attacks on our social nature more seriously than the Catholic Church. It’s quite remarkable that despite her own
July 26, 2019
An elderly priest, and retired scholar, wrote me an indignant, thundering letter last year.  Though always to the left of me, politically and theologically, I always knew him as a man who respected disagreement — and me. He was one of those old liberal lions who had navigated “dissent” from Church teaching with that lawyerly
July 25, 2019
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that clinics referring mothers for abortion services would no longer be able to receive Title X funding, effective immediately. In 1970, Title X was enacted as part of the Public Health Services Act providing Health and Human Services funds to assist eligible low-income and uninsured
July 19, 2019
In a letter to colleagues, Dr Leana Wen explained she was stepping down as president of the largest abortion provider in America “because of philosophical differences about the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” Wen wanted to lead an organization that sounded more like the glossy brochure in the reception area, focused more on reproductive
July 16, 2019
Last night, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that clinics referring mothers for abortion services will no longer be able to receive Title X funding, effective immediately. In 1970, Title X was enacted as part of the Public Health Services Act providing Health and Human Services funds to assist eligible low-income and uninsured
July 12, 2019
He could breathe without a respirator. He could look into a camera. He could eat and drink, and, as his mother said, he needed to be loved. Vincent Lambert is dead, at 42, at least in part because his wife fought for his right to die, and her right to exercise lethal judgment on his
July 09, 2019
In the first book of Augustine’s City of God, the Bishop of Hippo tells the story of a venerated Roman general named Regulus who had become famous for his victories over the Carthaginians in the first Punic war. Even heroic and victorious generals see defeat, though, and Regulus was captured, and made to swear an
July 05, 2019
It’s a mysterious thing to feel indebted to someone. I don’t mean the kind of debt one piles up on a credit card or bank loan. I mean the kind of feeling you have when you think back on those drives you took with dad, or the memories you have learning to make pies with
July 02, 2019
In graduate school at Cambridge, a group of us once played a bizarre card game one of our philosophers made up. There were a few procedural rules for taking turns, but basically everyone had their own rule for winning, that is, their own distinct purpose and objective in the game. If you decided that your