Month: January 2011

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Aquinas of All Trades

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Today, the Church celebrates one of Her greatest theologians, Saint Thomas Aquinas.  Christopher has some good quotes of his up.  The thing that I always find remarkable about St. Thomas Aquinas is that he was one of the most amazing Christians in virtually every field imaginable. There are some Saints who have particularly beautiful writings on […]

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Was Peter Ever in Rome?

Lorraine Boettner’s 1962 book Roman Catholicism is notorious for its egregious distortions of history and outright falsehoods.  Nevertheless, it remains popular amongst some Fundamentalist circles, because hey, it speaks ill of Catholicism, so how could it be wrong?  Here’s a sample of the sort of thing I’m talking about: The remarkable thing, however, about Peter’s […]

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An Awesome Resource for Understanding Scripture

Do you find yourself struggling with specific passages of the Gospels, and wondering how to understand them?  Perhaps you wonder how Matthew 24 should be understood, for example.  One of the most surefire ways of getting the interpretation right is to look at how centuries of early Christians understood the passage.  But poring through hundreds […]

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March for Life Recap

As planned, I went to the March for Life today.  It was a thrilling experience, as always.  It was also a rather chilly experience, as the temperatures were in the upper 20s or so.  A few quick notes: One of the most impressive developments is the Vigil Mass.  It’s less well-known than the March itself, […]

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What the Vatican’s “Irish Letter” Really Said

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The news media is covering a letter sent from the Vatican to the bishops of Ireland allegedly ordering the cover-up of child sex abuse. The letter said no such thing, but provides an excellent opportunity to example the dangers of the proposed mandatory reporting requirement. I. The BackgroundIn 1997, the Bishops of Ireland were considered […]

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Doctor Who Kills Babies For a Living…

…accused of having killed babies. A 69-year-old Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions was charged by prosecutors on Wednesday with the murder of seven newborns who were killed with scissors and of a female patient who died of an overdose of anesthetics. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a family practitioner who had […]

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