Fair to Middle Earth

Even the token conservative Catholic among the extensive stable of editorial writers employed by the New York Times enjoys only limited latitude in the opinions he is permitted to express in the pages of America's most influential organ of progressive piety. Although what Ross Douthat writes is more likely to be thoughtful, coherent, and prudent than most of what is on offer in the Times, it appears that he must still make concessions. Much as Christians in pagan Rome were permitted to worship Jesus so long as they were willing to burn an occasional pinch of . . .

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R. V. Young is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and a former editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His Shakespeare & the Idea of Western Civilization is forthcoming in January from Catholic University of America Press. He and his wife are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Florida. They have five grown children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.


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