Saints Be Praised

What Catholicism Says to Our Coarsened Culture

Age ten is the new fifteen, according to the Associated Press, which reports that teen rebellion and multiple body piercings have migrated all the way down to elementary school: “Some of them are going on ‘dates’ and talking on their own cell phones’’ in the fifth grade. “They listen to sexually charged pop music, play mature-rated video games, and spend time gossiping on MySpace.’’ As the mother of ten-year-old twins, a girl and a boy, I have heard of no “dates.”...

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Melinda Henneberger, a Commonweal columnist, is the former editor-in-chief of PoliticsDaily.com.