Symington: Laudato Si and the Epistemology of Climate Change

More than a year after the release of Laudato Si critics continue to claim that Pope Francis should not have become entangled in the climate controversy. Claiming that issues surrounding the climate have little to do with matters related to the faith, much of the criticism has focused on the Holy Father’s warning that “human activity” is to blame for what he called the “disturbing warming of the climatic system.”

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Martin: The One Whom Tradition Calls The Theologian

Since timing is everything, I waited a moment or two, letting the loss of all but a few hundred words of Holy Writ sink in, then told them that, of course, those few words written by the Beloved Apostle himself, John the son of Zebedee, who reclined his head upon the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper, would furnish quite enough evidence on which to found the faith and the hope and the love of Christianity.

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Martin: The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist

Who would not want to go to that party? Why would anyone disdain to join in a celebration so positively glorious? “Earth’s crammed with heaven,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning tells us. “And every common bush afire with God.” All because the Lord of the universe elected to walk among us, becoming one of us.

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Martin: Welcome to the Wedding

There are two things that I never fail to tell my students on the first day of class. One is that it won’t be long and the other is that they needn’t come back. I’m always suspicious, I explain, of professors who announce everything they know on the first day. Maybe they don’t know very much.

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Staples: Abolishing the Moral Order

In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis argued that all the celebratory talk about man’s increasing ability to control nature had a dark side in which some men took control over other men with nature as the instrument. But, so long as the Judeo-Christian understanding of man was dominant, it would be difficult for tyrants to control man by controlling his nature, which was God-given and not under man’s control.

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Hendershott: 75 Christian Leaders Sign Charter Rejecting Coercive SOGI Laws

In an attempt to affirm “every American’s freedom to peacefully live their lives according to their beliefs,” 75 religious leaders came together this past week as charter signatories of “Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion”, a statement that “opposes government coercion or censorship of fellow citizens who have different views.” United by the idea that all laws must respect religious freedom and promote justice for all, those signing the statement decry the ways in which “efforts to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classifications in the law have threatened basic freedoms of religion, conscience, speech, and association; violate privacy rights; and expose citizens to significant legal and financial liability for practicing their beliefs in the public square.”

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Krason: Will Donald Trump Be A Good President?

One can obviously never predict in advance whether a newly elected president will be successful. It even becomes difficult to say truly what a “good president” is; the evaluator’s socio-political perspectives typically jaundice his judgement about this.

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Hendershott: Persons or property? Celebrity Embryo Lawsuit Escalates

While much of the media ridiculed businessman Nick Loeb when he filed a lawsuit last year to prevent his former fiancée, TV star Sofia Vergara, from destroying the frozen embryos they created together in 2013, sentiment may shift following a disturbing development in the case. In an attempt to show that Loeb is dishonestly claiming to be “pro-life” in his quest to gain custody of the embryonic children the couple created together, Vegara’s attorneys have petitioned a California court to force Loeb to disclose the names of two women who underwent abortions after he impregnated them more than 20 years ago.

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Martin: Season of Hope

The desire for God, we are told, is a drive both deep and indestructible. Certainly, there can be no other longing as profound or pervasive. On the strength of its universality, we understand ourselves as creatures ineluctably religious.

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Krason: Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Thoughts On The Election And Its Aftermath

Much ink has already been spilled about what are the implications, big and small, of the 2016 presidential election. I offer a few thoughts as to its meaning and what we can expect from a new Trump administration.
The election was certainly a rebuke — it’s far from clear if it was a decisive repudiation — of a corrupted elite, especially by non-favored demographic groups that are tired of being stepped on.

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Martin: Are Atheists Addled?

Why, then, do we pay attention to atheists when they tell us anything at all on the subject of God? Or of the life of the spirit, inasmuch as atheism makes no provision for it in its system?

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Kempton: A Deplorable Explains His Vote

I am a deplorable. I live in a “large basket of deplorables,” a broad swath of Republican red territory in eastern Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. Before our benevolent government decided coal and steel were irredeemably bad for the environment, many here made their livelihood in jobs derived from those industries.

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This Merciful Year [Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy]

This Merciful Year [Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy] Mark K. Shrivernov. 24, 2016 | NY Times Growing up in a big Irish Catholic family, I knew the liturgical seasons of the year – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum, Easter and Ordinary Time. But I don’t remember hearing much about Jubilee Years, which occur about every 25 years,…

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Pope Francis: Counsel Doubters & Teach the Ignorant

Pope Francis: General Audience – On Education To Counsel the Doubters and to Teach the Ignorant ‘These are doubts that make one grow! Therefore, it is good that we ask ourselves questions about the faith, because in this way we are pushed to deepen it. In any case, doubts can be overcome.’ November 23, 2016…

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Pope Francis: Misericordia et Misera

Pope Francis: Misericordia et Misera To All Who Read this Apostolic Letter Mercy and Peace November 20, 2016 Misericordia et Misera is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt…

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Pope Francis – The Church of Mercy

“If we – all of us – accept the grace of Jesus Christ, he changes our heart and from sinners makes us saints. To become holy we do not need to turn our eyes away and look somewhere else, or have as it were the face on a holy card! No, no, that is not…

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Pray for the Living and the Dead – 7th Work of Mercy

The seventh spiritual work of mercy is to pray for the living and the dead. On the surface, this appears to be one of the easiest works of mercy to accomplish – how hard is it to send up a prayer for the good of another? But in a world that teaches us to be self-sufficient and…

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Cannot Please Both God & World

“You cannot please both God and the world at the same time. They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions.” (St. John Vianney) PONDER: When have you experienced the way of God and the way of the world at odds? How were the thoughts, desires, and actions of…

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Two Works of Mercy Set a Person Free

“Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive.” (St. Augustine) PONDER: How can you be attentive to the giving and receiving of the works of mercy today? PRAY: Lord, teach me to follow your way of mercy as both giver and receiver. November…

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Be Enveloped by the Mercy of God

“In my own life, I have so often seen God’s merciful countenance, his patience; I have also seen so many people find the courage to enter the wounds of Jesus by saying to him: Lord, I am here, accept my poverty, hide my sin in your wounds, wash it away with your blood. And I…

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Pope Francis: On Visiting the Sick, Imprisoned

Pope Francis: On Visiting the Sick, Imprisoned ‘Jesus has given us the possibility to be free despite the limitations of sickness and of restrictions’ General Audience | November 9, 2016 | ZENIT Here is a ZENIT working translation of Pope Francis’ prepared address during this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. Dear Brothers and…

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