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Anticlerical Week at La Sapienza

April 13, 2011 George Neumayr 0

The poet Czeslaw Milosz once observed with wonder that by the end of the 20th century the only real defense of reason came from the papacy. Paralyzed by skepticism and relativism, academia had given up […]

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The Primates’ Study Group

April 8, 2011 Diogenes 0

“Ask Me About Gene!” crowed the lapel buttons worn by liberal delegates to the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in August of 2003. The big issue of that Minneapolis meeting was whether to ratify the election […]


First in the Order of Love

April 8, 2011 Genevieve S. Kineke 0

Roughly 10 years into his pontificate, John Paul II penned an apostolic letter, Mulieris Dignitatem (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”). The letter indicated not only that he took women and their call to […]

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The Changing Face of Ireland

April 8, 2011 Michael Kelly 0

Recent census data, which indicates that some 10 percent of the inhabitants of the Irish Republic were born overseas, brings the changing face of Irish society into sharp focus. After decades of mass emigration following […]

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Ora et Labora

April 6, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In his famous Rule, St. Benedict (480-547) lays out a way of life that includes the celebration of the Divine Office, prayerful reading, silence, manual labor, hospitality, and obedience to an abbot—all within the context […]

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Pharmacists with Targets on their Backs

April 6, 2011 Elenor K. Schoen 0

There is a gathering storm in the United States, threatening the right of conscience protected under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Although many other groups’ conscience rights have […]

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A Shrewd Move

April 6, 2011 Philip F. Lawler 0

Last April the director of the Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, confirmed reports that Pope Benedict XVI would travel to the US in 2008. Immediately the rumor mills began to churn. The Holy […]

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Preach the Gospel to Every Creature

April 6, 2011 George Neumayr 0

The Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), a group said to represent 400,000 people, sent a letter to the Vatican last November requesting “full, corporate, and sacramental union” with the Church, according to The Catholic Herald in […]