Can We Still Make the Case that Mothers and Fathers Matter?

With gay marriage now the law, the message to heterosexuals is to continue to devalue the biological and social importance of mothers and fathers, and to discount the needs of children.


The Debt Is Still a Major Threat

Political leaders should take steps now to head off the debt crisis that will occur if policies are not changed. Waiting for the crisis to hit before acting would lead to much more painful austerity.


Lessons for Today, after Obergefell, from Catholics Who Were Persecuted under Elizabeth I

In the developed, democratic world, it seemed impossible to imagine that Catholics would once again live under penal laws or their cultural equivalent, scorned (and worse) for being threats to the state and civil comity by reason of their faith. It’s no longer impossible to imagine that.

The Supreme Court Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage: Now What?

Religious liberty — and even the common understanding of the “nature of things” — is on shaky ground after Obergefell.


The Church and the “New Normal”

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, some sober thoughts occur.

King v. Burwell and the Law

The nature and character of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion, much more than the specific implications of the decision for America’s continuing health-care debate, seem likely to make this decision a lasting and consequential one—and unfortunately not in a good way.

The Summer Reading List

George Weigel presents a few suggestions that will take readers beyond “beach reading” in these vacation months.


A Welcome Tipping Point for Republicans and the Confederate Flag

The tragic event in Charleston, and the extraordinary grace demonstrated by the families of the victims, seems to have allowed long-standing arguments gain traction in ways they never had before.

The Pope’s Climate Change Message is Really About Rethinking What it Means to be Human

What makes the new encyclical truly radical — in the sense of going to the root — is the pope’s reading of the profound human crisis that he sees underlying our modern world.

Francis and the Greens

In his new encyclical, it seems the Pope making use of the standing and authority (in the eyes of global elites and others) of a left-wing or radical environmentalist agenda to advance a deeply traditional Catholic vision of the human good.