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Legalization of Marijuana: Some Ethical Reflections on Pot Smoking

“Now that it’s legal, is it also moral?”   Since the November elections, I’ve fielded this question a dozen or so times from fellow Coloradans.  Voters here adopted Amendment 64 by a margin of 55%-45% decriminalizing the use of marijuana … Read

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Now Popular in Venezuela? Sterilization Day

It was recently reported that the Miranda clinic in Caracas is now sterilizing 40 women a week during its weekly “sterilization day” and has a waiting list of 500 women. This is the solution proposed for a country which exhausted its supply of birth control in July 2015 and is now out of most medicines. While avoiding pregnancy in difficult times can be well intentioned, good intentions do not justify immoral means. Read

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Living Together Versus Marriage: A Closer Look at the Data

Research has consistently shown the positive impact of marriage on mental health. Might similar benefits exist with cohabitation given that it holds certain elements in common with marriage, and especially now that the stigma associated with cohabitation is all but removed in our “modern” world? Headlines respecting a recent study on the question suggest that just might be the case. Have the supporters of the irreplaceable role of marriage been wrong all this time? Read

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The Need To Belong: Nothing New, But A Crisis Nonetheless

A client of mine, an articulate, attractive, divorced woman in her 30s with a traumatic family background, was discussing in therapy the common dearth of true friendships among her peers. Few, it seems, have any real relationships. Rather, they have “situationships.” The Urban Dictionary says a situationship “is a relationship that has no label on it. Its like a relationship, but more of a situation.” What it really is, is lonely. And we were not meant to be alone. Read

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Toxic Masculinity And A Confusion Of Terms

“Universities across the nation are taking steps to actively purge male students of what’s been labeled ‘toxic masculinity’.” One small college with a “commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning environment,” has freshman students who “identify as male” watch a film about masculinity entitled “The Mask You Live In” which warns students that the notion of masculinity comes with harmful side effects. Is masculinity truly toxic, or is something else at play here? Read

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Satisfaction in the Marital Conjugal Relationship

christian.jpgMy recent Zenit pieces on marital consummation precipitated a delicate question related to the satisfaction of spouses—particularly wives—in marital conjugal relations.  I offer here some general thoughts on the question.  This essay’s content may not be appropriate for children to read.

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Abortion, The Mother’s Life, And The Principle of Double Effect

Imagine a pregnant woman diagnosed with uterine cancer and the only treatment alternative is a hysterectomy which would likely save her life, but surely end in the death of the child. Absent any action, both are expected to die. In such an instance, is the loss of the child permissible? The answer is simple, but the logic is worth understanding well. Read

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Assisted Suicide in D.C.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. To celebrate, the D.C. Council is considering a measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide with a bill which surrealistically claims “actions taken in accordance with this act do not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing, or homicide under the law.” We are reminded of Humpty Dumpty who tells Alice that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Read

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Trump and The Definition of Sex

As the Trump transition team rolls out names for cabinet posts, the most anticipated name is that of his Supreme Court nominee. The composition of the Court could prove decisive in several cases to be considered this term, one of which involves a Commonwealth of Virginia school board and a student suffering from gender dysphoria. At issue in the case is the Department of Education’s (DOE) definition of the word “sex.” It used to be such a simple word… Read

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Divorce, Children And Emotional Incest

A recent piece in First Things highlights what ought to be obvious: children are the most vulnerable party in a divorce.  And yet, for several decades now the discussion of sex and marriage in the West has focused almost entirely … Read

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