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February 20, 2014
The trickiness of words
By Alice von Hildebrand

Man is the only creature mentioned in Genesis that was made to God’s image and likeness. He is an imago Dei. All other material creatures are only “traces” (vestigia) of their Creator. (St. Bonaventure. Itinerarium mentis in Deum) Man is a person, someone who can speak, someone who is deigned to dialogue with God. We should realize the incredible honor we have received in being addressed by our Creator (“Adam, where art thou?”) and that we are capable of responding. Language is...

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February 10, 2014
German marriage
By Russell Shaw

When Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19.6), presumably he meant it. Certainly the Catholic Church believes he did, and that conviction is the basis for its solemn teaching that sacramental marriages are indissoluble.

But isn’t there such a thing as “Catholic divorce” – annulment, that is? Evidently not, since annulment – a declaration of nullity by a church court – isn’t the dissolution of a marriage but a...

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February 06, 2014
UN committee attacks Catholic Church
By Elyssa Koren

The United Nations Committee on theRights of the Child just issued a report chastising the Holy See forits failure to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Childon various grounds. In a clear overreach of its mandate, theCommittee lectures the Catholic Church on its teachings regardinghomosexual behavior and abortion.

The Convention on the Rights of theChild, in force since September 1990, embodies the internationalcommunity’s commitment to the protection of children. As noted...

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“Risky Business” could well have been an apt title for a film about someone engaged in speculating on U.S. Supreme Court decisions; but it probably would not have performed as well commercially as the Tom Cruise movie of the same name – at least, up until recently. This summer the Court will decide on the applicability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception coverage mandate to for-profit corporations whose owners have religious objections to the...

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January 23, 2014
Universal destination
By Russell Shaw

“Universal destination” may sound like a fancy way of saying where we’re all headed, but this odd expression happens to be the name for a central principle of Catholic social teaching. It follows therefore that it is also central to Pope Francis’ much-discussed apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).

The point is important particularly in light of the announcement that the Pope and President Obama will meet in late March in Rome to talk – according to...

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January 16, 2014
Christians in Egypt: 'we are made to feel inferior'
By Jayson Casper

 Life is not easy in Egypt for Christians, and the strain is taking its toll. And beyond the reports of churches burned and homes attacked, there is also a more subtle subtler hardship affecting ordinary families. While not universal, mistreatment and discrimination are unfortunately common.

“Every day we leave our house, not knowing what will happen,” says Girgis, an Egyptian Catholic from Helwan—a city south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo—who prefers not to use his real...

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January 15, 2014
The Holy Rule of St. Benedict
By Alice von Hildebrand

St. Benedict’s Monastic Rule is a spiritual gem acknowledged by one of the luminaries of the Catholic Church, St. Gregory the Great. It has spiritually guided thousands and thousands of men and women striving for holiness, and is still doing so after some fifteen centuries. One can read it and re-read it, and each time discover a precious insight that helps souls open to its message and to come closer to God.

But inevitably, we shall also find passages, which, at first sight,...

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January 14, 2014
Beyond capitalism
By Reinhard Marx

A society in which the praise of greed is invited is on the road to alienation

Evangelii gaudium is a declaration of spiritual government, a document full of positive dynamism and encouragement to bear witness to the Gospel. Secular media have also welcomed the text very attentively, making reference especially to the socio-ethical aspects. The world debate over these affirmations of the Holy Father continues to be intense.

“Such an economy kills.” With this brief phrase, Pope Francis...

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January 13, 2014
Why goodness depends on God
By Father Robert Barron

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God will conduce automatically to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people, etc.

What I would like to do is lay out, in...

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January 13, 2014
Obamacare and abortion
By Russell Shaw

Four years ago, when passage or defeat of the Affordable Care Act appeared to rest in the hands of a small group of pro-life House Democrats, President Obama won their support for the health care plan with an executive order promising elective abortion wouldn’t be part of the program. Skeptics said the order wouldn’t do the trick.

They were right. The question now isn't whether the Obamacare will include abortion but how much abortion, for whom, and at whose expense.

Former Michigan...

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