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Although some of the Catholic Church’s critics have revived the old prejudices of the Catholic Church as a monolith, the better to sue her, “the Church is much closer to a confederation of families than a modern corporation,” points out Archbishop Charles Chaput in today’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Look at Ukraine, Don’t Sue the Church

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Readers who have not done so will want to read George Weigel’s “On the Square” article, Storm Clouds in Ukraine . He offers a provocative take on a matter that is both of some political importance to the security and stability of Europe, western and eastern, and of some interest . . . . Continue Reading »

Ukrainian Freedoms, Russian Interests

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In Storm Clouds in Ukraine , today’s “On the Square” article, George Weigel warns of what he calls “an exercise in hardball politics under the veil of public piety that was, in fact, a harbinger of danger for religious freedom, for Ukrainian democracy, and for the future of . . . . Continue Reading »

Atheism’s Undermining Stories

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In  Atheism’s Just So Scenarios , today’s “On the Square” article, Father Edward Oakes, S.J., describes the “puffed-up braggarts” who in trying to undermine religion undermine science as well., by trying to offer a third scenario to the only two possible . . . . Continue Reading »

A “Both-And” Way of Dying

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Writing in the English Catholic weekly The Tablet , Catholic bioethicist David Albert Jones discusses the  U.K.’s General Medical Council’s new guidelines for treating dying patients.  He notes that: A Catholic understanding of good end-of-life care is “both-and”: . . . . Continue Reading »

Divine Possibilities

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In Dwelling in the Possibilities of a “Win-Win” , today’s On the Square article, Elizabeth Scalia reflects on what God may have intended for the woman with pulmonary hypertension who, with the hospital ethicist’s permission, aborted her child. Her suggestion may startle you. . . . . Continue Reading »