Joan Frawley Desmond

Joan Frawley Desmond

Joan Frawley Desmond has written for the Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, among other publications.

Articles by Joan Frawley Desmond

Young, white Americans are addicted to this (and what Catholics should do about it)

Feb 9, 2016 / 03:00 am

When recent headlines marked a spike in drug overdoses for white, middle-class Americans, the news saddened but did not surprise Deacon Timothy Flanigan, an HIV specialist at Brown University medical school in Providence, R.I.

CHA's Sister Carol Keehan Insists Obamacare Bars Federal Dollars for Abortion: Is She Right?

Apr 23, 2014 / 13:08 pm

Does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permit federal dollars for elective abortion, in a sharp departure from legislative precedent?

Bishops’ Adviser on Sexual Abuse: ‘How Do We Get Children Safer?’

Jun 1, 2013 / 12:06 pm

Al Notzon III is the chairman of the National Review Board that advises the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, guidelines and procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

Paul Ryan's bishop defends him amid attacks on his application of Church teaching

Aug 16, 2012 / 10:33 am

Earlier this year, when Georgetown University announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would defend his budget in a public address, almost 90 faculty members at the Jesuit institution publicly denounced his interpretation of Church doctrine.

Father Corapi’s Bombshell

Jun 20, 2011 / 10:45 am

Father John Corapi, the popular Catholic evangelist, announced on June 17 that he would leave the priesthood and begin a new endeavor outside Church control — called “Black Sheep Dog” — focused on a “broader” message and a global audience.

Gran Torino

Jan 12, 2009 / 00:00 am

During the post-Vatican II push for more "relevant" religion classes, students in my high school "Theology of the Film" course trooped off to see Dirty Harry -- the 1971 drama starring Clint Eastwood as the police lieutenant who violates the law, including the torture of suspects, to protect San Franciscans from a wily serial killer.