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The meaning of marriage

“Charges of bigotry … are the ultimate secular insult,” Caroline Farrow tells me. “The cry of ‘bigot’ is bandied around so much these days,” she observes, “that it has begun to lose some of its potency.”

The politics of the spirit

Outside the Supreme Court, a late-March snow fell as activists talked, held banners and prayed. Inside the hallowed halls, the justices debated whether companies should be forced to provide employee health care coverage that involves violating their owners’ religious principles.

The politics of the spirit

Outside the Supreme Court, a late-March snow fell as activists talked, held banners and prayed. Inside the hallowed halls, the justices debated whether companies should be forced to provide employee health care coverage that involves violating their owners’ religious principles.

Mrs. McCullen goes to Washington

Washington, D.C. — Finally, Pope Francis extends an olive branch to conservatives! Such was the tone of the ridiculous headlines and analysis in response to the pontiff’s first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps. He happened to point out, in case you haven’t heard, that he’s opposed to abortion. “It is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” the pope said.

Nativity as a way of life

Growing up as I did, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, it’s hard not to appreciate “the law of the gift”: protect, defend, nourish, share. Liberty is a great treasure. We have tremendous responsibility here.

Recognizing the gift of life

Abortion is an experience both known and unknown — a matter for silence even in its ubiquity. It’s everywhere in our politics and society, yet it is a subject often elided, reduced to euphemism or outright avoided.

More abortion not the answer

This January, we will mark 41 years since the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. Just this year, we heard gruesome, inhumane details from a Philadelphia abortion clinic, though the mainstream media had to be shamed into covering the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the abortionist behind that tragic house of horrors. And now, California has an answer to the Gosnell problem: It’s — wait for it — increased access to abortion.