World Youth Day – A Primer

World Youth Day – A Primer

The biggest event in the world this week isn’t occurring in Philadelphia, or anywhere else in politics-torn America. Nope, the biggest event is the 2.5 million young people who have traveled from all over the world to Kraków, Poland this week for the 31st year...
Cling to the Rock

Cling to the Rock

There’s a brittle quality about us these days.  We’ve had to submit to one outrage after another, week after numbing week and the intervals between gut-wrenching ordeals are getting shorter.  The life-and-death, decency-shredding circumstances that we face don’t...
Joy.  It’s Not Optional.

Joy. It’s Not Optional.

“Hello, friends. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular?” OK, so maybe the answer to all your problems is not in that little bottle.  But I think a lot of us really are tired, run-down and listless.  Or angry, stressed and...
Is Your Anthropology Adequate?

Is Your Anthropology Adequate?

I remember a time when people would have reacted with human concern over a little boy falling into a wild animal enclosure at the zoo. We would have asked things like, “Is he going to survive? What kind of injuries did he have, and what medical expenses are involved? ...
Modesty and Freedom

Modesty and Freedom

Ideologues in our culture drive public discussion like they own the car. So just on principle, I refuse to write about the current turmoil-du-jour, The Bathroom Wars.  Instead I choose the topic of modesty. modesty, adj. A humble estimate of one’s own merits...
Planting an Orchard

Planting an Orchard

Note: This post originally attributed the opening quote to the interviewer, Elaina Koros, rather than the author, Jonathan Eig.  My apologies.  The attribution has been corrected. “People have been trying to control birth since the dawn of sex. As long as we’ve been...
A Whole New Fishbowl

A Whole New Fishbowl

(This post continues the discussion begun in a prior post, What’s the Big Deal About Contraception?)   Sometimes we hear something that catapults us out of our old world and into a new one. That happened to me during a mini-course taught by Professor Janet...
What’s the Big Deal About Contraception?

What’s the Big Deal About Contraception?

The latest papal commotion about contraception surely has some people asking: “What’s the big deal?”  They join the chorus that began when companies like Hobby Lobby went to court over being forced to cover contraception under Obamacare.  Why in the world are people...
Nuancing the Pope

Nuancing the Pope

In most quarters, the frenzy over the Pope’s last press conference has abated.  American attention, anyway, has turned to the unfortunate remarks of the U.S. Presidential aspirants instead. But Pope Francis inadvertently presented us with a superb “teaching moment”...