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eNewsletter Subject: Being Lifted out of the Gutter, by God

The battle for purity in the modern world is ferocious and never-ending. An omnipresent, hedonistic mass media makes the struggle unavoidable. Nearly all men, along with many women, must wage a hard-fought campaign for self-mastery. Then the temptation to discouragement sets in, but discouragement is not an option.

Buy why and how? These questions make me thankful that Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington has re-issued his incomparable 2006 Pastoral Letter on pornography, in a new and even more useful form. See my latest On the Culture review, Bought with a Price: The Gold Standard for Dealing with Pornography.

Yesterday, Phil Lawler noticed Douthat's grim prediction on the crusade for acceptance of same-sex marriage. At the same time, not every part of the world feels the same way about such things. Consider Uganda: Ugandan Anglicans threaten schism over homosexuality.

Elsewhere in the news, we have two stories which I believe are straws in the wind when it comes to what the Church will change, and what she won't:...

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