So, how much does National Review owe him or what does he have on Rich Lowry? Of course, I’m joking – but one does wonder what is going on when a flagship conservative magazine/blog allows a rich man with some conservative ideas and quite a few ideas antithetical to that worldview into/onto their pages. I’m not making an argument that magazines have a thin party line. But some things, shall we say, dilute the brand: like Black’s favorable coverage of both FDR (and the New Deal) and Richard Nixon – two of the three worst Presidents in the 20th century from a conservative perspective (at the time he wrote them)!
Now today we get an article from Black titled: “Pope Francis, Say Yes to the Pill” One could certainly argue in favor of the pill and contraception in general, but this article is so facile in its treatment of Catholic thought on the matter and so disdainful of this tradition that it is surprising to see it in a flagship conservative journal founded by William F. Buckley. I should note that the article doesn’t distinguish among different types of contraception – so the title could be a bit misleading. But we also don’t get a careful discussion of perhaps how the Church could do some of the things he would like when it comes to sexuality without going all in on contraception (ex: barrier methods within a loving, marriage yes, other forms no) and really undermining important arguments within Catholicism.