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  • As Jennifer Lawrence put in it, in her November Vanity Fair interview, speaking of the stolen, intimate photos of her that had been posted on websites such as 4Chan, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr, “It’s not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation.” Sadly, Jennifer Lawrence has become the literal embodiment of a new and relentless affliction: the past living on, eternally in the interstices of the Internet. 

  • With almost everything over but the counting, here are some numbers to keep in mind before Tuesday’s vote.

    The White House disadvantage. Midterm elections almost always go badly for the party controlling the presidency. Since the Civil War, the president’s party has lost seats in the House of Representatives in all but three midterms (1934, 1998, and 2002, the last following a rise in President George W. Bush's popularity after the 9/11 terrorist attacks).

  • Fitness has become a religion of sorts for many people. We set fitness goals and seek out endurance events, such as Tough Mudder and Crossfit, to prove ourselves to others. I will be the first to admit that I relish these kinds of challenges. But what are we hoping to gain from these experiences? The approval of our colleagues and friends? As someone who works out regularly, I recently found myself questioning the real reason for my obsession with the gym. Was my inflated ego to blame? Did I...

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  • Ross Douthat’s article in the New York Times on Sunday sounded the alarm: Pope Francis through his Synod on the Family has brought the church to the edge of a precipice. If the synod continues on its present trajectory, it will “sow confusion among the church’s orthodox adherents” and could lead “eventually to real schism.” This is a dire prediction. It is also call to...

  • As the occasional wag has said, The New York Times is fascinated by the Catholic Church because it cannot imagine any other institution that claims infallibility.

    That came to mind October 26, when columnist Ross Douthat cavalierly suggested that Catholics help Pope Francis exercise his Petrine ministry by resisting him. Such hubris is breathtaking even for The Times.

  • Sister Mary Prudence Allen, R.S.M., is an American Catholic philosopher and member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan.

  • Tremors in European political life are nothing new, nor is mass disaffection with conventional politics, but what we’re seeing at the moment speaks of a larger malaise. Europeans in large numbers are not only questioning the remote and bureaucratic political institutions of the European Union but some are prepared to countenance abandoning them altogether. Economic progress is widely sluggish and long-term unemployment, particularly among the young, remains, as Pope Francis has observed,...

  • Cambridge, MA. Last week I shared with you the problem the preacher faces when a particular reading begs for political application and commentary, in an era when many of us detest preachers who use their pulpits as the opportunity to pontificate on issues that need to be discussed, not declared definitively. The Exodus 22 reading was particularly acute in this regard, since – to...

  • Why does so much of Pope Francis' speech seem to be haunted by the Devil?

    "For Francis, the Devil is not a myth, but a real person," explains Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., of Salt and Light TV, in a new video that is part of The Living Word...