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September 23, 2013
Careerism
By Russell Shaw

Well up on the list of things Pope Francis abhors is religious careerism. "Careerism is leprosy. Leprosy! Please, no careerism," he exclaimed in a talk last June to young priests in training for the Vatican diplomatic service. It's a theme he sounds often and with deep conviction.

As well he might. But the problem is more complex than at first might appear. Indeed, there's another side to this particular coin, one I'll get to in a minute. But first, careerism.

Anthony Trollope understood...

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September 19, 2013
Francis: The 'Pope of Everyday Life'
By Mary Hasson

Pope Francis has been on the job for six months now. So how’s he doing?

Some analysts peer through a typical American lens – poll results – to answer the question. According to a new Pew survey, eight out of ten American Catholics (and six out of ten Americans overall) view the Pope favorably.

There’s no generation gap, as Catholics young and old like him equally well. And in spite of some attempts to paint Pope Francis as a progressive open to rethinking Church doctrines, the...

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September 10, 2013
The pleasures and perils of apocalyptic literature
By Russell Shaw

Recently I read about a group in Switzerland that's agitating to remove all reference to God from the Swiss national anthem. Since the national anthem of the United States says nary a word about God, Americans are in no position to point the finger of blame at the godless Swiss.

Rather, I mention this factoid from Switzerland because it's a perfect example of modern secularism in its overtly aggressive mode. This same movement to push God out of the picture can be found just...

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September 09, 2013
Peace among Dragons
By Bishop James D. Conley

There is a legend, ancient and beautiful, about a Syrian monk living in the desert in the fifth century.  The monk’s name was Simeon Stylites.  He was the son of shepherds.  He encountered Christianity at the age of 13, and when he was 18, Simeon left his family to join a company of desert monks.   

The early monks of the desert, living in Syria, and Egypt, and Arabia, are known in Christian history as the Desert Fathers.  They were converts, often, who encountered Christianity and...

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September 09, 2013
Your life is not about you
By Father Robert Barron

Time Magazine’s recent cover story “The Childfree Life” has generated a good deal of controversy and commentary. The photo that graces the cover of the edition pretty much sums up the argument: a young, fit couple lounge languidly on a beach and gaze up at the camera with blissful smiles—and no child anywhere in sight. What the editors want us to accept is that this scenario is not just increasingly a fact in our country, but that it is morally acceptable as well, a lifestyle...

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September 04, 2013
The Burden of Creaturehood
By Alice von Hildebrand

To create (that is, to bring a being into existence from “nothing”) is a concept that could never have entered a man’s head. It is through the Bible and the Bible alone that we have become acquainted with it.

Genesis tells us explicitly that God first created the world and then created man to His image and likeness. To come into existence from “nothing” is indeed most amazing. It  differs radically from concepts such as “growth”; “development”; “evolution.”

To be...

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August 13, 2013
Same-sex attraction and the language of public dialogue
By Patrick Einheber

Three stories in the news last week have highlighted an ongoing problem in public dialogue about homosexuality. People of differing opinions seem to be using important terms interchangeably and this leads to confusion and miscommunication. The terms “gay” and “homosexual” seem to be used to connote either unchosen orientation/attraction (how someone feels) or chosen sexual behavior (how someone acts) in various contexts. But as I'll discuss, a distinction is very important.

The...

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August 13, 2013
Why faith is indeed a light
By Father Robert Barron

In “new” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc. Time and again, the late Christopher Hitchens, echoing Immanuel Kant, called on people to be intellectually responsible, to think for themselves, to dare to know.  This coming of age would be impossible, he insisted, without the abandonment of religious faith.  And...

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August 08, 2013
Pope on gay individuals
By Russell Shaw

Two days after Pope Francis' now famous remarks on homosexuals and homosexuality, I heard a homily in which the homilist said Francis was giving us light "to see things in a way we never saw them before.

"That certainly is true. What the homilist didn't say is that in the present instance the Pope also was taking a risk--a calculated one, no doubt. It's the danger of being misinterpreted and misrepresented, whether accidentally or by design.

Plainly, the Holy Father sees significant pastoral...

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August 02, 2013
Same-sex attraction and the language of public dialogue
By Patrick Einheber

Three stories in the news this week have highlighted an ongoing problem in public dialogue about homosexuality. People of differing opinions seem to be using important terms interchangeably and this leads to confusion and mis-communication. The terms “gay” and “homosexual” seem to be used to connote either un-chosen orientation/attraction (how someone feels) or chosen sexual behavior (how someone acts) in various contexts. But as I'll discuss, a distinction is very important.

The...

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