Short Take

In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Epstein pled guilty in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution and now faces new charges in New York of sex trafficking. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
Simcha Fisher July 12, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein is accused of buying and selling young girls, writes Simcha Fisher, and games over semantics (is it “pedophilia” or “ephebophilia”?) means we are not truly fighting for justice for his victims.
If the Secretary of State's new commission is intended neither to review U.S. human rights policy nor examine today’s debates over abortion and same-sex marriage, what, then, might it be doing?
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Samantha Lawler July 12, 2019
We know of at least 4,000 planets outside our solar system, writes the astronomer Samantha Lawler, but we will not be visiting any of them soon—nor do we know if any are inhabitable. Exploring space teaches us the fragility of Earth.
Allan Figueroa Deck July 11, 2019
What is the source of the tensions and conflicts we have in the church today? I believe the reason for the uneasiness is the pope’s emphasis on mission.
Joseph McAuley July 03, 2019
Charles Carroll of Carrollton, as he became known, was a firm believer of religious liberty and an American Catholic pioneer, but his toleration of slavery was a failure of the greatest magnitude.
Antonio De Loera-Brust July 02, 2019
If the frontier of the U.S.-Mexico border represents the America that would exclude me, space is the frontier that invites me.