Public Policy

Caution, panic a delicate balance in Rome as coronavirus empties city

By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, March 5, 2020 ROME - With more events being cancelled and popular sites growing increasingly vacant amid Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, many in Rome find themselves torn between exercising caution and wanting to avoid panic. Speaking of the recent decision to send... read more

The ERA Died Decades Ago (So Why Are the Losers Still Fighting?)

The ERA Died Decades Ago (So Why Are the Losers Still Fighting?) COMMENTARY: For nearly 50 years, the Equal Rights Amendment has been scrutinized and firmly rejected for one simple reason: It’s not about equal rights for women — and pretending otherwise will never make it so. By Sue... read more

Pope Francis repeats opposition to life imprisonment: ‘Not the solution’

By Dorothy Cummings McLean VATICAN CITY, September 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Pope Francis repeated his opposition to life sentences for criminals — such as serial killers, child-abusers, and repeat sex offenders — in an address to prison workers on Saturday morning. The pontiff... read more

Stigmatizing and Prosecuting Pornography

by Gerard V. Bradley, September 08, 2019 Unless adults are willing to make dramatic changes to their own moral and legal rules about pornography, we shall keep playing what amounts to game of Russian roulette with the formation of our children when it comes to one of the most precious parts... read more

One Word Could Destroy Catholic Education

BY PATRICK J. REILLY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 In three amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court filed last month, the bishops and Catholic educators—together with other major religious groups—urged the Court to uphold the meaning of “sex.” It’s one little word. But if the Court gets it... read more

From “Home-Alone America” to “Primal Screams”: in 15 Years or Less

By Mary Eberstadt, August 28, 2019 This week, Templeton Press is releasing my new book, Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. [1] Because the Faith and Reason Institute is my happy professional home, I’d like to set aside standard book promo, and instead share... read more

The Catholic case against open borders

BY JAMES KALB, AUGUST 28, 2019 Support for large-scale immigration has risen dramatically in America over the past 25 years, especially among Democrats and younger people. Attitudes among Republicans and older folks have remained more stable, although they have drifted somewhat in line with the... read more

Civil Rights Law Doesn’t Cover Transgender Workers, Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court

By Kevin Daley, Daily Caller, August 19,2019 The Department of Justice told the Supreme Court that federal civil rights law does not bar discrimination based on transgender status in a LGBT rights case the justices will hear in the autumn. The case arose when a transgender employee was... read more

Is Pete Buttigieg right that opposing a $15 minimum wage ‘taunts’ God?

BY REV. BEN JOHNSON • JULY 31, 2019 South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg implied those who oppose the minimum wage taunt the Creator. Are those who oppose raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour transgressing the Scripture and mocking the Lord God Almighty? One might get that impression from... read more

CDC confirms US fertility rate fell to ‘all-time low’ in 2018

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2019 / 11:23 am (CNA).- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that the US fertility rate continued to fall in 2018, to an all-time low. The report confirms provisional figures released in May. “The 2018 general fertility rate fell to... read more

When Politics Reshapes the Culture

By Hadley Arkes, July 16, 2019 The scene: Outside the Supreme Court of the U.S. in March 2014.  I was on my way to the Court to take in the oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case. The question was whether the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby stores – and providing already... read more

The Equality Act