Lee: The Soul: Not Dead Yet

We agree that human beings are both animals and persons, but it is important that the Christian (and Jewish, and Muslim, and classical) description of the soul not be reduced to a caricature. Indeed, properly understood, the traditional philosophical and theological concept of the soul is indispensable in integrating what the empirical sciences reveal about the world and ourselves with what we know about ourselves as rational and moral beings.

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Martin: A Pope Turns Ninety

In the long march of the Church’s history, stretching all the way back to a certain failed fisherman called Peter—whom Christ himself caught with the bait of eternal life—few occupants of the papal chair have evinced as lofty a level of erudition, existing in happy combination with ardent and uncomplicated piety, as the Bavarian Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Who, God willing, turns ninety on April 16, this Easter Sunday.

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Krason: Ideology and the Crisis of Integrity in American Politics

While politics is not known as a field that exactly encourages integrity—though that isn’t inevitable and wasn’t so at the time of our Founding Fathers, who despite imperfections were men of genuine character—the advance of ideological rigidity has substantially pushed it out of the picture. This has come mostly from the political left, as it has taken increasingly uncompromising and unreasonable—even irrational—positions, and the right has simply responded to it.

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Martin: Thoughts on Suicide

It takes only four seconds to reach the water, the experts tell us, hitting it at a speed of about 75 mph. Death is usually instantaneous, although a few have survived the trauma, some of them even returning to get it right the second time. And while the death toll is impressive, what really catches the eye is the fact that, almost without exception, they are all pointing West, hurling themselves into the black expanse of the night.

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Zoric: J.C. Penney Store to Remain Open

The J.C. Penney Co. will close 138 stores nationwide and one supply chain facility in Florida, but the store at the Fort Steuben Mall was not on the list of shutdowns that was released Friday morning. And that news sparked positive comments from local community leaders.

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Hendershott: Political Partisans Within The Ivy-Covered Halls

In her address last month at CPAC 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos strongly criticized the nation’s college campuses for trying to indoctrinate students. She claimed that the faculty — “from adjunct professors to deans” — are telling students “what to say, and more ominously, what to think. On many college campuses, if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community.”

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Hendershott: President of Catholic university in D.C. attacks Kellyanne Conway

In a normal world, university presidents are grateful for their graduates. They invite them back to campus, honor their achievements, and celebrate their accomplishments. University presidents know that the alumni are the most faithful constituency they have, and most avoid doing anything that might offend them. So, why would Patricia McGuire, the President of the Catholic Trinity Washington University, accuse Kellyanne Conway—one of Trinity’s most accomplished graduates—of “spreading a skein of lies” in her work as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump?

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Martin: Wallace Stevens and the Limits of Poetry

Stevens had been busy keeping that candle going for forty some years, beginning with his first published poem, “Sunday Morning,” which burst like a meteor upon the literary world in 1915, with its gorgeous images of a life spent without the least intention of wasting it on God or the world to come.

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Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR: A Bout With Cancer Reminded Me Not to Worry

What did I learn during those very worrisome and anxious months? Simply, know what you know; and what you don’t know, you do not know – PERIOD. Stick to the facts. Don’t catastrophize, creating your own dragons of unknown fears. And remember to BREATHE!

Too quickly, we jump into the dark lair of catastrophe and fear-dragons, presumptions and assumptions; we choke on our worries and anxieties.

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Krason: Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Trump Executive Order, National Security, And The Imperial Judiciary

The imperial American judiciary has struck again. This time it has taken upon itself the prerogative to enter a domain that historically it shied away from: national security.
A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Washington State stopped the implementation of President Trump’s executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. from seven Islamic-majority countries.

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Hendershott: Can Sociology Be Saved?

In its most recent “Two Minutes Hate” on President Trump, The Nation magazine’s hyperbolic headline warned, “Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination.” Claiming that if signed, the president’s order “would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion and trans identity, The Nation predicts that the order would “exceed the authority of executive branch,” and “risk violating the Establishment Clause of the first Amendment to the Constitution.”

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Krason: The Judiciary’s Lawless Response to Trump’s Executive Order

The imperial American judiciary has struck again. This time it has taken upon itself the prerogative to enter a domain that historically it shied away from: national security. A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Washington State stopped the implementation of President Trump’s executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. from seven Islamic-majority countries.

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Martin: A Small Parenthesis in Eternity

Like most people who inhabit planet earth, the world I know is a place where things are perceived in a pretty uncomplicated way. When I leave the house in the morning, for example, and drive a half-dozen miles to work, the sun shines brightly upon my brow. And when, at day’s end, I turn the car around and head home, I am once again facing the sun. What

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Kuebler: The Amazing Natural Order Behind “Random” Protein Folding

What makes this passage representative is that it follows a theme that runs throughout the entire Origin, one in which Darwin places particular emphasis on the law-like qualities that govern biology in general and evolution in particular. These “laws impressed upon matter”—as Darwin called them— were both at the heart of scientific discovery and at the heart of his theory.

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Martin: The Ardor of Agnes

I have known only two women named Agnes in my life. One of them was my grandmother who, having died two years after I was born, I could hardly be expected to remember. But since I was often told things about her—for instance, that she was beautiful and pious and went to Mass every morning—I feel as if I should know her.

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Martin: The Idea of God

I am not aware of a single atheist argument that can answer any one of these questions. Are you? So why is it that, despite all the voices sounding the drumbeat of a world without God, there yet remains this intractable tendency to deify the heavens? Why is it that even the best and the brightest, with all their huffing and puffing on behalf of unbelief, cannot kill the desire for God?

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Hendershott: Pro-life in the Time of Trump

Like Marjorie Dannenfelser, I did not support President-elect Donald Trump during the primaries—I still have the “Cruz for President” memorabilia and membership card I received in the mail after I made a donation to the Texas senator’s campaign.

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Martin: O Blessed Box!

He waited nearly a half-century before deciding to shake the Anglican dust from his feet, but when G.K. Chesterton finally resolved to become Roman Catholic, his reasons were perfectly simple: “To get rid of my sins.”

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Krason: What Happened to American Liberalism?

In an obscure article entitled “Catholics and Liberals: Decline of Détente,” in America magazine in 1974, the eminent Catholic scholar and historian James Hitchcock discussed a profound change that had occurred in American liberalism and argued that its new thinking put it increasingly at odds with Catholicism.

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Martin: Beguiled by Balthasar

Years ago when I was a student in Rome finishing up a dissertation at the Angelicum, I needed to schedule a formal defense of my thesis, which centered on the mysterious descent of Christ into hell and its myriad implications for the sufferings of men. Following which, I was told, a handful of Dominican tigers would then pounce, carving up into little strips the carcass of all my painstaking research. If the thesis survived their dissections, I was told, they’d give me the doctorate, and we could all go home happy.

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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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