Monthly Archive: April 2016

The IRS Is Politicized Because We Politicized It.

American citizens: 1. Abuse of power: 0.

For now, at least. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an astoundingly scathing rebuke to the IRS, denying its petition to avoid turning over court-ordered documents. The IRS has refused to comply with an order to hand over information about the list of nonprofit organizations improperly targeted for special scrutiny.

Pope Francis’ Free Book Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Mercy and love and acceptance are crucial to the Catholic faith! But so is respect for the bread and wine that, we believe, become the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Is Amoris promulgating moral subsidiarity, or anarchy? 

After 261 pages of reading, I’m still really not sure. How could Francis have written so much and offered so little clarity?

‘The End of the Tour’ Is Another Reminder That All Is Vanity under the Sun

“The End of the Tour” is a wistful, meandering look at the last few days of late author David Foster Wallace’s 1996 Infinite Jest tour. Wallace (played by Jason Segel) has arrived—at least in the eyes of reporter David Lipsky, who wrote a book in 2010 about the road trip.

“He wants something better than he has; I want precisely what he has already,” Lipsky (as played by Jesse Eisenberg) says in the film. Lipsky wants to be “the most talked-about writer in the country”—while Wallace simply wants to find purpose, something that success, critical acclaim and celebrity haven’t been able to give him.

Wisconsin’s People Have a Civilization Worth Living For

A good deal of fatalism has pervaded the #NeverTrump discussion, mainly because there’s plenty of fatalism to be had. A lying con man is getting a shot at the presidency thanks to the anger of a burn-it-all-down crowd of largely uneducated, largely unemployed Americans for whom early death is an increasingly common phenomenon.

In a tone of sincerity, not parodic derision: Sad.

But maybe Wisconsin can give us hope.

Why Deserting the Culture War Is a(n) (Understandable) Mistake

As much of our culture turns away from Christianity, the beliefs our faith espouses make their way into the mainstream press less and less. Many media sources, already vehicles of various biases we find unpalatable, make us angry when they misrepresent Catholicism or advocate immorality or scoff at our values. So we boycott. Stay inside our social media echo chambers. Read about how bad the other side is in our preferred news sources without actually reading what the opposition is writing.

It’s not an irrational response — frankly, it’s an understandable response. But it isn’t the best one.