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Race Relations

Should Christians Pay Reparations for Racial Injustices?

REVERT'S ROSTRUM

Casey Chalk

April 2021

The Church can engage in the work of racial reparations, but only while placing the project within a broader moral framework.

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Why the Modern Democratic State Needs Abortable Children

THE FETUS AS HOMO SACER — PART II

Jason M. Morgan

March 2021

Liberalism is, in its essence, universal sovereignty premised on the expendability of life inside the individual’s sovereign domain.

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Lives That Don’t Matter

GUEST COLUMN

Ewa Thompson

November 2020

A popular children’s book remains on the 'Teachers’ Top 100 Books' list although its ostensible aim appears to be to denigrate Polish Americans.

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Ernest Gaines & the Triumph of the Human Spirit

GUEST COLUMN

Terry Scambray

October 2020

Artists are prophetic because they see and experience what those at a distance take longer to see.

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Churchmen in Antebellum Dixie

Jerry D. Salyer

September 2020

Scrutinizing bishops for not siding with abolitionists involves a failure to realize that abolitionism was associated with violence and lawlessness.

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The Catholic Church in the Crosshairs

REVERT'S ROSTRUM

Casey Chalk

September 2020

It is a cruel irony that, in less than a century, Catholics have gone from being victimized as unwelcome immigrants to being widely perceived as racist victimizers.

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Fragmented Lives of Incomplete Reckoning

VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, #49

Edmund B. Miller

November 2019

Man’s efforts are lost if they are not embedded in and do not proceed from the eternal perspective, without which they remain fragmented impulses.

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The Final Journey of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America & the Birthplace of St. Catherine Tekakwitha

PRELUDES & POINTS — PART II

Richard Upsher Smith Jr.

July-August 2019

The missionaries' love enabled them to long for martyrdom for the salvation of souls.

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On the Trail of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America & St. Catherine Tekakwitha

PRELUDES & POINTS — PART I

Richard Upsher Smith Jr.

June 2019

Historians have to “get inside” their subjects if they are to understand and represent them well. 2,845 miles' worth of investigations are reported here.

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I Am Not White

WHAT CONSTITUTES CULTURE ?

Thomas Storck

November 2018

Public discourse remains limited to material concerns, but what really differentiates human beings is culture, which is founded on religion.

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The Weight of Anchises

WHAT DOES PIETAS REQUIRE?

Jake Neu

October 2018

A descendant of the South asks: How do we properly reckon with our own families’ participation in historical racial injustice?

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Who Really Won the Civil War?

A HOUSE DEEPLY DIVIDED

Stanley T. Grip Jr.

June 2018

The Civil War remains a benchmark of contemporary issues and controversies; it raises questions of right and wrong, good and evil.

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Twilight of the Idols
October 2017

Confederate monuments are coming down, as they ought. But once begun, where will it end? Where race in America is concerned, reason and real history have been superseded by sentimentalism and reaction — on all sides.

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The Most Segregated Hour

DOES ECCLESIAL CONSUMERISM LEAD TO RACIAL DIVISION ?

Bryan Cross

October 2017

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Untrammeled & Heartless Profiteering

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

June 2017

A review of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being
June 2016

Pushers of political correctness now desire, if not demand, something called "deep diversity" — that is, eliminating all signs of "whiteness" from campuses across the country.

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The Civil War as a Proving Ground for the Church

Christopher Gawley

April 2016

A review of For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War

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Taking Sides with the South

Christopher Gawley

May 2015

A review of A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War

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Eugenics in the USA: Black Life, White Justice
January-February 2015

Justice Ginsburg, a powerful abortion advocate, has been working for 20 years to reduce those populations she doesn't "want to have too many of."

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The Orientalism of Barack Obama

GUEST COLUMN

Terry Scambray

November 2012

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The Polish Catholic Experience

SHUNTED & DESPISED, BUT FAITHFUL

Raymond T. Gawronski

July-August 2011

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The Darwinian Basis for Eugenics

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

September 2008

Review of Darwin Day in America

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The Person & the Court

DRED SCOT & ROE V. WADE

Timothy P. Collins

April 2006

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The Liberal as Graceless Pharisee

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

January 2006

Review of Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South

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The Content of Their Character — Forty Years Later

GUEST COLUMN

David C. Stolinsky

December 2004

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Affirmative Action by Another Name

Patrick Rooney

June 2004

A great danger of "diversity" is its apparent sweetness, and it appeals to those who wish to avoid the hard work of judging moral and political perplexities.

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Pride Precedes a Great Fall
September 2002

The Washington Redskins must now also contend with PC Indian activists.

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A Liberal Litmus Test

CAN YOU JOIN THE ELITE?

Wayne Lela

April 2002

You know you are a liberal if: (1) You say we should not be judgmental, but you judge and condemn sexists, racists, “homophobes,” etc. (2)...

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Immigrants: America's Hope? (Part II)
December 2001

The benefits of living in a multi-generational "sandwich home" are manifold.

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Immigrants: America's Hope?
November 2001

Now the white man is — or is becoming — the burden.

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The "Catholic" Politician of 2001 & The Southern "Gentleman" of 1860

IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE?

John L. Botti

October 2001

The Southern "Gentleman" of 1860: "I am not in favor of slavery; indeed, personally I am opposed to it. But I do not feel it is my place to impose my convictions upon anyone else!"

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The Intense Light of the Desert & The Stark Truth About Life

JUDEA IS MORE LIKE NEW MEXICO THAN MARYLAND

Leon J. Podles

April 1998

Desert dwellers see things in their essentials, because a handful of water is precious and little stands between man and the forces of nature.

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The Invisible Man

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

September 1996

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John LaFarge & Interracial Justice

George H. Dunne

June 1996

Review of John LaFarge and the Limits of Catholic Interracialism, 1911-1963

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The Bluest Eye

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

May 1996

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Why Hispanics Are Not 'Politically Correct'

THE DEBATE ABOUT WESTERN CULTURE

Thomas Storck

November 1995

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Political Correctness Is Doomed

A SECULAR RELIGION WITHOUT HOPE

Philip E. Devine

May 1995

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Drowning in Ideology

J.L.A. Garcia

December 1994

Review of Race Matters

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Ralph Ellison's Angle of Vision

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

October 1994

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Gang Members: Their Street Education

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

June 1994

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Not the Whole Story

Michelle Bobier

December 1992

Review of Race by Studs Terkel

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The Painful Birth of a New South Africa

REFLECTIONS OF AN ANTI-APARTHEID CHURCH ACTIVIST

Rebecca Ann Ginsburg

May 1992

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Moral Anarchy, Moral Necessity

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

January-February 1992

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An Apostle of Black Fatherhood

Christ and Neighbor

John C. Cort

October 1990

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The Underclass, Part VI: What Is to Be Done?

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

March 1990

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The Underclass, Part V: Children & Violence

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

December 1989

We see kids on the street with guns and stacks of $100 bills. There’s no rule of law, no belief in anyone’s laws -- not man’s, not God’s.

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The Underclass, Part IV: Schools & Mentors

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

October 1989

One youth says, “I look at those teachers and their books, and I say: man, you’re out in space, and I’m where I am, and there’s nothing between us.”

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The Underclass, Part III: Drugs

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

September 1989

How else to think of drug use — by anyone, living anywhere — as but the most obvious evidence of nihilism, of despair?

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The Underclass, Part II: Widespread Teenage Pregnancy

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

July-August 1989

Girls in the ghetto are hungry for love, and desperately afraid of not going along with the social, cultural, and sexual pressures of the street.

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The So-Called Underclass, Part I

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

June 1989

Why don’t the “underclass” want to leave it? Is there, perhaps, some failure not of psychology or school experience but of the moral imagination?

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Memories of 1964

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

March 1989

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South African Complexities

Robert Coles

December 1986

South Africa was a “first world” country for white people (and a few others) and a “third world” country for the majority of its 30 million people.

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Religion & Race in the South

James J. Thompson Jr.

July August 1986

In 1986 the Alabama legislature voted to observe the third Monday of each year in commemoration of both General Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Idealism

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

December 1984

How can experts sort solidly idealistic activists from those who would end up a source of trouble to themselves or to those meant to be helped?

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The Black Christ

ICONOGRAPHY

Robert Lentz

June 1984

With the collapse of “Christendom” and the rise of the Third World, the Church in our day is beginning to see the Gos­pel apart from a European matrix.

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