Rachel Lu is a contributor at The Federalist. She has a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and teaches at the University of St Thomas. As a Robert Novak Fellow, she is currently researching criminal justice reform. Her non-academic work can be found in Touchstone Magazine, the Public Discourse and Crisis Magazine. She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Follow her on Twitter.
In his latest book, ‘To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism,’ columnist Ross Douthat examines why the pontiff’s reforms aren’t growing the church’s influence or spurring a renewed sense of mission.
Notre Dame has been in turmoil over whether to pay for artificial contraceptives. Last week the university changed policy for the third time this academic year.
Why should courts take religious freedom more seriously, given that Notre Dame administrators have effectively admitted their conscience claims were unserious?
With this, Notre Dame distinguishes itself as one of the first employers in the country to take advantage of the Trump administration’s relaxation of the contraceptive mandate.
Prayer cannot be an inappropriate response to senseless murder. We should always ‘mourn with those who mourn.’
Hefner built himself a male-adolescent fantasy world, and tried to sell it as a legitimate version of the American Dream.
Here’s my go-to advice for wedding guests. Cut people some slack. Nothing ruins a joyful occasion like a frowning, harsh wedding critic.
Before we start shaming fans for enjoying a hard-hitting sport, consider how much good that sport has done for so many former players, at all levels of the game.
Surely it should be possible to respect marriage without self-selecting out of professional opportunities, or wishing my male friends au revoir?
Both feminists and fundamentalists try to build a comprehensive account of womanhood using a radically incomplete set of parts.
If you hate President Trump for his offenses against good government, have the decency to admit that Mike Pence is clearly much better.
We shouldn’t confuse audacity with bravery. Terrorism has long been a preferred military tactic for the weak and the desperate.
We need police to be skilled, involved in their communities, and ‘smart on crime.’ But we especially need them to know when to be one and not the other.
When toddler girls are forced to watch ‘Braveheart’ until they join the guttural yells, I’ll gladly sound the alarm. Here, though, we’re talking about a statue and some fiction.
Ross Douthat and Cornel West, despite their differences, shared a thoughtful conversation on politics and culture. Is this something others can replicate?
Charles Murray’s ‘Fishtown’ has some real grievances. It also has some real social problems. Populists don’t love talking about those, unless to blame elites.
Millennials are dissatisfied with church because they’re going for all the wrong reasons, and none of the right ones.
Fear weakens society’s ‘immune system,’ undercutting the mechanisms by which it resists internal threats to order.
The more we twist the system to make workers feel useful, the less useful they’ll actually be. At some point we must allow people the dignity of making a bona fide contribution.
Supposing the controversial dossier turns out to be just a tapestry of fabrication, who should be held responsible for keeping it alive? All of us.
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