Neuhaus on Fr. Andrew Greeley

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Catholic priest, sociologist, and prolific author Fr. Andrew Greeley died last night at the age of eighty-five. He had been mentioned in our pages no small number of times , sometimes in critical terms. Here’s an excerpt from what Fr. Richard John Neuhaus said about his book The Catholic . . . . Continue Reading »

The Blessing of an Unoriginal Wedding

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Ruth Graham flags a funny problem in the  essay that Matthew Cantirino shared  yesterday: Originality has never been more valued in wedding ceremonies, and never harder to produce. She and her fiance, “like just about every other betrothed couple in America . . . wanted our . . . . Continue Reading »

Three Takes on Thomas Nagel

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Commonweal has a triple feature on Thomas Nagel’s much-discussed  Mind and Cosmos with contributions from philosopher Gary Gutting, biologist Kenneth R. Miller, and physicist (and First Things advisory council member) Stephen M. Barr. Here’s an excerpt from Barr’s essay: . . . . Continue Reading »

Updated: Gosnell Found Guilty

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The jury has found Kermit Gosnell guilty on three charges of first-degree murder of babies, according to reporter J. D. Mullane , and not guilty of a fourth murder charge. (Details on those murder charges here .) Judge Jeffrey Minehart had earlier dismissed three other first-degree murder charges . . . . Continue Reading »