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January 1, 1970 Archives

Aquinas 101

posted by awelborn

Christopher Blosser has some suggestions if you’d like to start reading Aquinas

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That encyclical…

posted by awelborn

More hints: In explaining his views on love and sex in the encyclical, the Pope quotes from biblical writings, encyclicals written by his predecessors and the works of philosophers such as the 17th century French thinker René Descartes. He wrote […]

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Brown Joeys

posted by awelborn

Sisters in Mother McKillop’s order celebrate: IN Mount St, North Sydney, last Friday, at the headquarters of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart – the order formed by Mary McKillop in 1866 and otherwise known from the […]

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Desperate Episcopalians

posted by awelborn

Matthew Lickona reviews The Book of Daniel, over at Godspy That’s where I stumbled. Who needs redemption in the world of this show? There’s plenty of unhappiness and stress and even some crime, but who needs anything more than good […]

A Pro-Life Rift?

posted by awelborn

A very, very helpful post over at Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex about that new embryonic material transfer technique that’s supposed to sort of mimic cloning without actually creating a new person. The proponents of this methods, which Desmond refers to as the Pro-Life […]

Muslims, Catholics, Scotland

posted by awelborn

Muslims want a Catholic school in Scotland to teach Islam. Why, you ask? Get this: AN ISLAMIC campaign group has called for a Catholic primary school to be based on the Muslim faith. The Campaign for Muslim Schools said 90 […]

Done.

posted by awelborn

I’m absolutely done blogging reports on theological shifts that come out of the secular press. I hardly ever go for those stories anyway because of the "the press doesn’t get religion" factor, but recently, it’s become almost comical.  The Limbo […]

Brothers

posted by awelborn

A piece in an Italian paper on Fr. Ratzinger: He noted the difference between old eating habits and those he has become accustomed to in the Apostolic Palace, where two of his brother’s personal secretaries, a room servant and several […]

And “Freedom of Religion” means what, exactly?

posted by awelborn

Church groups must pay for contraceptives, NY court rules: A New York law passed in 2002 requires employers’ insurance plans to cover prescription contraceptives. "Religious employers" are exempt—but it’s the law’s definition of a religious employer that’s the trouble. The […]

Moving on…

posted by awelborn

Fr. Robert Nugent, controversial co-founder of the New Ways Ministry, along with Sister Jeanne Gramick, has penned an op-ed on a different issue: human trafficking: They call it trafficking, although it has nothing to do with cars. The correct name […]

Truth and Lies

posted by awelborn

Much inkage spilled over the James Frey business over the last week, but I was struck by the last two paragraphs in Meghan O’Rourke’s take in Slate The fact is, doubts were raised about the accuracy of Frey’s memoir from […]

The Unholy Lust of Scientists

posted by awelborn

An essay published in the San Francisco Chronicle, no less, by British philosopher David S. Oderburg. It presents, in a more detailed, scholarly way, my perpetual question of those who accuse critics and questioners of the ethical standards of some […]

The Edith Stein Project

posted by awelborn

Blogged about here before, but worth noting again because the time draws near…a good conference at Notre Dame.

Victory in Delaware

posted by awelborn

..but still work to do. From reader Ellen: I wanted to give you an update on what we have been doing since Christmas to defeat Mike Castle’s stem cell bill in Delaware. As you probably recall, we needed a miracle–with […]

Overheard

posted by awelborn

…in our house. MIchael was telling a story about his army service. Probably involved Turkey. Joseph stopped what he was doing. "You was in the army?" "Yes, Joseph." Stunned, very impressed pause. "Did you have a sword?" "No. No sword." […]

Now you can talk to me…

posted by awelborn

…about Roma. I took the second deep breath of the past five days (the first being buying the tickets) and reserved an apartment. 2 bedroom in the Vatican area, much cheaper than you could ever get a hotel of comparable […]

Go check out…

posted by awelborn

After Abortion, which has many good posts over the past couple of days, including a reflection on the personality traits of those who are drawn to social activism, a link to a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer about a "hometown […]

Travel Mishaps

posted by awelborn

Toni from Tennessee writes in with her Italian Travel Tale, and we invite you to share your own: We arrived in Catania, Sicily without any euros, figuring my uncle could take us to a bank later. (What idiots!) We rented […]

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