October 2009

The woman on the left is a Dominican sister. She helps escort women into abortion clinics so that they can have their children killed. As Ed Peters writes, [S]uch are the times we live in: a Catholic religious can act for years as an abortion clinic escort and cause barely a ripple in her religious […]

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That's the question blogger and transhumanist economist Robin Hanson asked his class recently. He writes: On Tuesday I asked my law & econ undergrads what sort of future robots (AIs computers etc.) they would want, if they could have any sort they wanted. Most seemed to want weak vulnerable robots that would stay lower in […]

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Things like this have been in the works behind the scenes for some time, but the Holy See has finally announced formal means for facilitating the reconciliation with the Catholic Church of Anglicans who are disaffected with the heterodox trajectory of the worldwide Anglican communion. The plan will allow bishops' conferences to create "personal ordinariates"–basically […]

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A reader writes: I was told in a discussion I was having with a fallen away Catholic the following: There was a respected Cardinal theologian of the Vatican that wrote that the "virgin birth" is an "ontological" story … Not an "historical" one. The church doesn't even believe it. Do you know which Cardinal wrote […]

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You know, I've always thought, even before I was a Catholic, that if you want to find out what Christians believe and why, you ought to ask Christians before you take too much to heart what is said about their beliefs by critics or cranks or even professors. I have come to apply that same […]

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Pro-life street protesters and global warming controversy — getting a fair shake in the MSM? Don’t believe it? Check out this New York Times story on pro-life street protesters and this BBC story on global warming controversy. Hat tip: Wesly J. Smith (First Things blog). From the Times story: The most repeated anecdotes involve abortions […]

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Hmm . . .

by Jimmy Akin

in Current Affairs

Former Israeli deputy defense minister says that the Jewish state will attack a Muslim state if sanctions aren't in place by a Christian holiday. Interesting.

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The news this morning was so surreal, it was like something off Saturday Night Live. So Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. As the church lady would say, "Well. Isn't that special." The Nobel committee apparently wants to cheapen its brand. I mean, the Nobel committee has made boneheaded, purely partisan awards before, […]

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter (Sistine Chapel – Pietro Perugino, 1480-81) NOTE: This series is a work in progress. See Part 1 updates including bibliography in progress. As I add […]

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