Joan Frawley Desmond

California to Offer Third Gender Option on Legal Documents

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Gender Recognition Act of 2017. The law adds “nonbinary” to male and female in official state documents. Residents who identify as transgender have applauded the new legislation,...

Why Every Catholic Should Applaud Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize

 Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, and five other acclaimed English-language novels, was awarded the Nobel Prize on Thursday.  No doubt, Ishiguro’s Catholic fans, myself included, heartily...

How Lupus Changed Flannery O’Connor’s Writing and Took Her Life

Flannery O’Connor was just 25 years old, and already a promising writer, when she was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, the disease that killed her father. Told she had just five years to live, the young Catholic left New York’s...

Sorry, George Clooney, the Southern Poverty Law Center Can’t be Trusted

This week, as the public outcry over the violent racist protests in Charlottesville continued, George Clooney and his wife, Amal, announced that their foundation would give $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center for a joint initiative to...

3 Lessons That Help Explain Jane Austen’s Enduring Popularity

Why do readers still pore over Jane Austen’s books, two hundred years after their publication? Puzzled researches have employed data analytics to get to the bottom of this mystery. The New York Times’ data scientists explain why the author’s...

Catholic Bioethicist: Authorities ‘Usurped’ Role of Charlie Gard’s Parents

Earlier this year, a British hospital asked a court to decide whether it was legal, and in the best interests of Charlie Gard, to remove the terminally-ill infant from life support — even if that decision violated his own parents'...

DeVos Upsets the NYTimes by Refusing to Punish ‘Schools That Discriminate’

“Betsy DeVos Refuses to  Rule Out Giving Funds to Schools That Discriminate.” [Editor: This post was updated on May 27} The May 24 New York Times headline above marked an escalation in the partisan battle against school choice initiatives that...

Leonard Leo, the Pro-Life Catholic Behind Trump’s Nomination of Gorsuch

This week, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments for a Missouri religious discrimination case that could sweep aside legal obstacles to school voucher programs, Justice Neil Gorsuch will be on the bench. Gorsuch, President Donald...

LA Times Calls Daleiden Charges ‘Disturbingly Aggressive’

The Los Angeles Times has attacked the decision by California's attorney general to file criminal charges against David Daleiden, the pro-life activist and Center for Medical Progress investigator whose

Sen. Leahy Ties Abortion Movement to Shady Characters, Nazi Ideology

  This week, questions about the survival of Roe v. Wade, and whether the landmark ruling constituted a so-called “super-precedent,” punctuated Democrats’ grueling interrogation of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme...