The Feast of St. John of the Cross

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Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. John of the Cross, priest and Doctor of the Church. A Spanish Carmelite from the 16th century, he was a mystic—and mystical theologian—and a close collaborator of St. Teresa of Avila. Together they launched a reformed within the Carmelite order . . . . Continue Reading »

Video on Religion

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If you’ll be eating lunch at your desk today, you might enjoy watching one of these videos: A “Dan Rather Reports” feature on ” Church and State: Separation Anxieties ” includes an hour-long panel discussion with Judge Michael McConnell, Holly Hollman, Prof. Richard . . . . Continue Reading »

Now They Tell Us…

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A few weeks ago we all heard the announcement of a major scientific breakthrough that allowed scientists to create the equivalent of human embryonic stem cells (called induced pluripotent stem cells) but without using or destroying embryos. Joseph Bottum wrote about the implications here , and I . . . . Continue Reading »

When "Catholic Positions" Are Not

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On most of the questions of public policy we debate today¯even many important ones¯there is no Catholic position. Rather, faithful Catholics may reasonably reach different judgments and vigorously promote them over the alternatives. No particular view can be said to be uniquely in line . . . . Continue Reading »

Parsing Abortion Statistics and the Law

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The report made headlines across the globe, but even those generally sympathetic to its conclusions acknowledged the difficulties in performing a study like this. And the conclusions, as a result, seem to rest on very shaky foundations.The subject is the new global study on abortion just published . . . . Continue Reading »

Saint Duncan of Wall Street

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“What we need is a Saint Duncan of Wall Street.” I heard the phrase echo through the Princeton University chapel, one of many indications that the Catholic chaplain , Fr. Tom Mullelly, understood something vital about his students and the world. Countless Princeton graduates take up jobs . . . . Continue Reading »