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William Doino Jr. details the most recent criticism of Mother Teresa : The expansion of Mother Teresa’s order speaks volumes about its integrity and effectiveness, but the support and admiration it has received has proven too much for some. On March 1, three Canadian academics—Serge . . . . Continue Reading »

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Tania M. Geist on Pope Benedict’s theology of Holy Saturday : On Holy Saturday, God incarnate entered “the absolute and extreme solitude of mankind.” Here Benedict pointed out that we have all experienced that terrifying feeling of abandonment, which is why we fear . . . . Continue Reading »

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Peter J. Leithart on Good Friday : At the beginning of his prophecy, Isaiah gives a gruesome word portrait of the condition of Zion. She’s covered from head to toe with “bruises, welts, open wounds,” without bandages or balm. Zion longs for the Lord to bind up her wounds. She . . . . Continue Reading »

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George Weigel says we must ponder the Cross in order to reform the Church : We would have arranged things differently; we would have chosen another kind of Messiah—that theme runs like a bright thread throughout Lent, in the readings from the Old and New Testaments that the Church . . . . Continue Reading »

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Keith Riler argues that population planning won’t balance the government budget : Holding all else constant, a five percent addition to the U.S. population would reduce the national debt by almost seven trillion dollars. This brings to mind James . . . . Continue Reading »

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R. R. Reno describes the meaning of marriage : We now see love between men and women as feelings of affection and desire that may feel strong but aren’t necessarily permanent. That’s because we’ve unraveled amorous feelings and the potent power of sexual desire from the enduring, . . . . Continue Reading »

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., on Pope Francis and Christians in the Middle East : The Chaldean and Syriac Catholic Churches of Iraq and Syria, while differing in rite and tradition from the Latin West, are integral members of the universal Catholic Church, in full communion with the . . . . Continue Reading »

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Robert T. Miller examines the morality of using unmanned robotic drones : Although the machines involved are extraordinarily dangerous, the moral principle governing their use is perfectly ordinary: It is the familiar one that human beings should engage in an activity that poses dangers to others . . . . Continue Reading »

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Pete Spiliakos describes a populist Republican economic agenda : The Republican National Committee is in a cul-de-sac. They see that support for the Republican party is becoming isolated to constituencies that are in relative demographic decline. What the RNC does not see (or chooses not to see) is . . . . Continue Reading »