Kennedy and the Culture Wars

National Catholic Register

Edward Kennedy’s Catholic Legacy: America’s Culture Wars

In death Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hardly needs his biography recalled. His life could hardly have been more chronicled. What is more interesting to ask, especially in light of the Catholic faith to which he was so devoted — a family priest was at his bedside when he died — is what life he might have led and how American politics might have been different. Continue reading

Why priests don’t have kids

Are children worth the trouble?  For most parents, the answer is a resounding yes.  But not so for French writer (and parent) Corinne Maier – author of the newly published book, “No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children.”  In a week-long series, National Post contributors are weighing her thesis and giving their own takes on parenthood. Continue reading

The book for all seasons

As the summer reading season peaks, debates abound over what books serve the soul best. The answer, many argue, depends on the age of the reader. In an ongoing series — Four, Fourteen, Forty … Forever — National Post contributors weigh in on the best books to read to young children, to nourish one’s intellect during the formative teenage years, to sustain readers in middle age and to provide succor in life’s final stages. Continue reading

A tale of two Kennedys

Two of the last three Kennedys have taken centre stage this week.  Yesterday, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, died in Hyannis, Mass.  Today, Senator Ted Kennedy is being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  For the last of the Kennedy sons, aged 77 and suffering from brain cancer, the ceremony in Washington is something of a valedictory. Continue reading