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Matthew A. Rarey, a correspondent for the National Catholic Register, writes from Chicago.
On Monday, September 12, my friend and mentor died at the age of 82 from lung cancer after a decade of up-and-down health problems borne without complaint—a man whom I have loved more than any other man but my own father, starting from the time of our first meeting after I matriculated at Wabash College in 1996.
As of June 1, residents of the Land of Lincoln are free to enter into civil unions, which allow same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits, protections, and responsibilities under Illinois law that are granted to spouses.
The brilliant new movie There Be Dragons was not made as a corrective to The Da Vinci Code, yet its portrayal of St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei (“Work of God”), is sure to generate wholesome interest in him, the Church he served, and the movement he founded.
Returning from a Slavic land on a Slavic airline after serving a mission aiding the Catholic Church in Slavic Eastern Europe, I craved a little freedom from Slavdom. So I eschewed the late Slavic pope’s tradition and refrained from kissing the earth after touching down at O’Hare.
After being tossed about by the Charybdis of communism, the nations of Eastern Europe are sailing toward the Scylla of secularism. And this monster, according to Pope Benedict XVI, is even more destructive.
Consider the word gay. Blunt, yet with a bright ring, this synonym for robust mirth graced our common tongue through the centuries, from Chaucerian verse to the ballads of Cole Porter.
The U.S.S. Liberty was suddenly and deliberately attacked on June 8, 1967—a date that should live in infamy—by naval and air forces of the state of Israel.
Journalist Andrew Sullivan was discovered in 2001 anonymously soliciting partners on homosexual websites. Thus, it might seem odd that Sullivan, who is HIV-positive, now champions marriage.
Kobe Bryant, according to heavyweight sociologist Mike Tyson, is a victim of circumstance. “It could happen to anybody,” Tyson explained.
Conservatives rightly honor George Washington, but why should any conservative so much as like Washington, D.C.? The answer seems as perplexing as the desire of a tourist to buy an “I Love D.C.” T-shirt from one of the Third World vendors on Capitol Hill.
The myth, first touted by a postmaster manqué who turned to yellow journalism after Jefferson denied him patronage, resurfaced with a vengeance in 1998.
Superbowl XXXVI, proclaimed by the National Football League to be a tribute to September 11 underscored the fact that there is something inauthentic about a spectacle that allows sports-bar patrons to experience masculinity vicariously by watching well-padded millionaires smash into one another for control of a leather ball.
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