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Renewing the Church, Converting the World

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I’d like to start with a proposition. Here it is: To be a Christian is to believe in history. Think about the Bible. All the great world religions have sacred books: the Qur’an, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Analects of Confucius. What those sacred texts have in common is that they’re essentially . . . . Continue Reading »

Education and Our Witness to Christ

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G.K. Chesterton once described lunatics as people who have lost everything but their reason. What he meant was this: When human reason cuts itself off from conscience, experience, and common sense, it subverts itself. It becomes a logical-sounding form of lunacy. The results are usually bad. This . . . . Continue Reading »

Religious Tolerance and the Common Good

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This talk was delivered at the Path to Peace Foundation seminar “Catholic Students and the Common Good: Building a Better World” in New York on May 22, 2007. I’d like to begin with a couple of disclaimers. For the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the U.S. . . . . Continue Reading »

Religion and the Common Good

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Sooner or later, every teacher hears the same old joke about the philosophy student and his dad. The dad asks, “Son, what are you going to do with that goofy degree?” And the son says, “I’m going to open a philosophy shop and make big money selling ideas.” I smile every time I hear it, . . . . Continue Reading »

Suing the Church

From the May 2006 Print Edition

Last summer, attorneys in Colorado filed the first sex-abuse lawsuits against the archdiocese of Denver since the national clergy abuse scandal began four years ago. All of the suits involved two men: one, a laicized former priest who left active ministry more than a decade ago, and the other, a . . . . Continue Reading »