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Papal Progressivism

May 18, 2015

Last week, Pope Francis hosted a Vatican summit on global warming where one of his cardinals called for a “full conversion of hearts and minds” to the fight against the “almost unfathomable” effects of fossil fuels on the environment. The pope will soon issue an encyclical on the subject, which—according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—will “convey to the world that protecting our environment is an urgent moral imperative and a sacred duty for all people of faith and people of conscience.”

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Speed Reading the Pope

50,000 words, boiled down—way down.
Dec 23, 2013

Everybody has an opinion about the pope these days and, what’s worse, feels compelled to express it. Rush Limbaugh has an opinion about the pope. He says he finds the pope “upsetting.” And he’s not even Catholic!

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What Pope Francis Said, and What He Didn't

12:01 PM, Aug 07, 2013

You may have heard that last week Pope Francis said that gay Catholic priests were a-okay.

He didn't say that, of course. What he said was this:

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The Light of Francis

The new pope’s first encyclical
Jul 22, 2013

There’s something in the new papal encyclical Lumen Fidei to disappoint everyone who longs for direct political action from the Vatican.

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Irish Stew

Where abortion and national identity collide
Apr 01, 2013


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Roman Spring

The fundamental challenge(s) of Catholic renewal.
Mar 11, 2013

But who do you say that I am? 

This question, from an obscure Nazarene carpenter to an even more obscure Galilean fisherman, has proved to be the world’s most important query. How you answer it has profound implications for how you will lead your life. And, as C. S. Lewis pointed out some 50-plus years ago, Jesus left us with only three options: He was either a pathological liar, a deranged lunatic, or the Lord of the universe.

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Electing the Next Pope

The race is close, and turnout promises to be high.
Mar 04, 2013

The next pope will be Christoph Schönborn, cardinal archbishop of Vienna. The principal editor of the modern Catechism of the Catholic Church, Schönborn was among Benedict’s favorite students back when the current pope was a theology professor, and he stands as one of the few high clerics to act heroically during the sexual-abuse scandal.

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The Papal Abdication

Benedict XVI’s problematic farewell.
Feb 25, 2013



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MSNBC Slanders John Hagee

12:14 PM, Sep 01, 2011

On his nightly television show recently, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said that Texas governor Rick Perry is not suitable to be president of the United States because of his connection to one man — Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas.

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Catholic Power, Catholic Morals

Notre Dame drops trespassing charges against pro-lifers.
May 30, 2011

Early this month came the news that Notre Dame has agreed, at last, to drop the trespassing charges it had been pressing against the protesters who marched on its campus two years ago. The pro-life protesters. At a Catholic school.

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