Re: “Imagine the Potential”

From First Thoughts

“I’m neither pro-life nor pro-choice, but this is the best pro-life ad I’ve ever seen.” So said one NBC employee, after watching CatholicVote.org ‘s latest ad, ” Life: Imagine the Potential .” If you haven’t seen this forty-second film yet, by all . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

From First Thoughts

Chuck Colson, in last week’s issue of Christianity Today , reflects on the death of his friend Richard John Neuhaus and the origins and future of their joint ecumenical project, Evangelicals and Catholics Together . The two became friends when RJN was a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor and both . . . . Continue Reading »

Change…for the Common Good

From First Thoughts

In a recent open letter to Barack Obama, Francis Cardinal George outlines the “principles and priorities” which will “make this period of national change a time to advance the common good and defend the life and dignity of all.” Writing on behalf of the United States . . . . Continue Reading »

Not Soon Forgotten

From First Thoughts

Last week Pope Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude for Avery Cardinal Dulles’ life and work , and his condolences on his recent death. In a letter to New York’s Cardinal Egan, the Holy Father wrote: Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Avery Dulles, I offer you my . . . . Continue Reading »

Mastered by Christ

From First Thoughts

You may have read on our homepage : Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., died this morning at age ninety. I was not privileged to know him well, but I will not forget visiting him with Nathaniel this fall at Fordham. He could not talk, but his eyes were as bright as ever, especially as we told him stories . . . . Continue Reading »

Once and Future Human Rights

From First Thoughts

December 10, 1948—sixty years ago today—the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was born. Promulgated as the smoke of the death camps still lingered, the document was a stunned world’s attempt to enshrine human rights and dignity, to ensure that such “contempt for human . . . . Continue Reading »

Changing Tides for US–Vatican Relations

From First Thoughts

On January 19 Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard law professors and former FT board member, will be leaving her post as US ambassador to the Vatican. At just over a year, her term will be the shortest ever for this position, but thanks to her wisdom and zeal it was, according to the National Catholic . . . . Continue Reading »

The Dirty, Dark Secret of Prop 8 Donors

From First Thoughts

A CA reader passes along this link—an online search engine , hosted by SF Gate and the San Francisco Chronicle , which enables readers, at the click of a mouse, to find donors for and against CA’s gay-marriage ban. It’s a tidy piece of technology in many ways, compiling information . . . . Continue Reading »