Dietrich Bonhoeffer, d. 9 April 1945

“How can success make us arrogant or failure lead us astray, when we participate in the sufferings of God by living in this world?” A statue memorializing Bonhoeffer as a martyr stands on the West Front of Westminster Abbey. Continue Reading...

Controlling the Children

A few weeks ago I blogged about the California homeschooling ruling. (And Chris Banescu wrote about it in an Acton Commentary.) As you may have heard, the ruling was vacated so the threat has gone away, for now. Continue Reading...

Catholics and Condoms

Catholic institutions provide a large percentage of the worldwide care devoted to those infected by HIV. That, combined with the Church’s stand on the immorality of contraceptive use, puts it at the center of debates about AIDS and condoms. Continue Reading...

A Brief Anniversary Note

This is just a brief note to mark today the third anniversary of the PowerBlog. We’ve worked hard to bring a variety of viewpoints and thoughtful perspectives to bear on a range of topics, with an attempt to keep the focus generally on issues we think would be of interest to our readers. Continue Reading...

Sicko: a lot healthier than I expected…

This evening, I attended a showing of Michael Moore’s movie Sicko… I wasn’t expecting much, so maybe it was easy to exceed my expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised that the movie wasn’t far more painful for me to watch. Continue Reading...

Muslims Outnumbering Catholics?

The Roman Catholic Church’s authoritative reference source, the Annuario Pontificio (Papal Yearbook), is published in March of every year. It is a weighty book in more ways than one: It comprises of over 2,500 pages, has a very limited print production of 10,000 copies, and contains just about every bit of information you would want to know about the make-up of the Church. Continue Reading...

Traditions in a Globalized Age

Yesterday I enjoyed a stimulating presentation of Harvard Law Professor and current U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon’s new Italian-language collection of essays, Tradizioni in Subbuglio (Traditions in Turmoil). Continue Reading...

An Impoverished Culture

Rod Dreher links to a piece by Cato’s Brink Lindsey, “Culture of Success.” The conclusion of Lindsey’s piece is that familial culture is more important to child success in school and economic achievement than external assistance, in the form of tuition grants or otherwise: If more money isn’t the answer, what does have an impact? Continue Reading...

Population Control Update

Ted Turner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today: (via) One way to combat global warming, Turner said, is to stabilize the population. "We’re too many people; that’s why we have global warming," he said. Continue Reading...