The Fraternal Character of the Priesthood

Last month in this space, Lindsey Simmons defended the Judeo-Christian tradition that priests are male. Depending on your theology, it dates back either thirty-five hundred years, to Aaron, or further, to Melchizedek, a contemporary of Abraham. In Judaism and Christianity, a priest is a man set apart to make...

God’s Freewill Offering to Tim Tebow—and to Us

The difference between taxes and charity is the difference between compulsion and free will. Taxes impinge on our ability to give. The state takes the first bite out of our paychecks, reducing the amount from which we can give to the Red Cross or our church or our niece on her birthday. Never mind that you...

Hanukkah and Orthodoxy

Today is the first day of Hanukkah. It sorely tempts me to write on something you don’t want to read about: orthodoxy and the importance of preserving it from the gusts of worldly power that would snuff it out as they come roaring into the Holy City. Judea in the second century BC was split between two...

I Stand With the 1 Percent

Sometimes I envy professional athletes. They can grow fabulously rich by developing physical skills that leave the rest of us to marvel that someone of our own species can, say, run twenty-six miles in two hours and a few minutes. And sometimes I envy professional pundits, who earn their living by thinking...

Unam, Sanctam, Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam

Some churchgoing Catholics in the Anglosphere will remain largely untouched by the new translation of the Roman Missal. The Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Catholic churches, which claim about half a million members in the United States alone, is unaffected. So is the traditional Latin Mass, aka the Mass of...

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