Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Theology of Science-Fiction: IV — End-Times

Originally at: http://www.catholicstand.com/theology-science-fiction-iv-end-times/ by Bob Kurland “Because science fiction primarily deals with the future, it must inevitably deal with the end of the world, and thus SF overlaps more closely with apocalyptic literature than with any other type of religious writing…[and] focuses … Continue reading

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The Fascinating Politics of Polygamy

Originally at: http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/the-fascinating-politics-of-polygamy/?_r=0 by Ross Douthat There have been a number of interesting comments related to the new Gallup data showing America’s socially-liberal shift continuing apace, but before I get to them I want to offer one more word on the data point I plucked … Continue reading

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Laudato Si — Pope Francis’ Eco-Bomb

See here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

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Francis talks women, clericalism, and Catholic-on-Catholic fights

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/06/12/francis-talks-women-clericalism-and-catholic-on-catholic-fights/ by  Inés San Martín ROME — In an off-the-cuff Q&A Friday, Pope Francis urged priests to avoid clericalism and hypocrisy, said the value of women in the Church reflects Mary’s greater importance than Jesus’ apostles, and shrugged off … Continue reading

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Environmental manifesto may confirm Pope Francis as ‘Benedict 2.0’

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/06/14/environmental-manifesto-may-confirm-pope-francis-as-benedict-2-0/ by John L. Allen Jr. Mythology and media narratives to the contrary, Pope Francis has far more in common with Pope Benedict XVI than whatever separates them. Francis probably could be better understood as “Benedict 2.0,” supplying a warmer … Continue reading

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Catholicism, Capitalism, and Caritas: The Continuing Legacy of Michael Novak

Originally at: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/06/14616/ by Nathaniel Peters The current issue of First Things captures the paradox of contemporary capitalism. In “The Power Elite,” Patrick Deneen describes how the fight over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was won by corporate activism and interests. This … Continue reading

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More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church

Originally at: http://cathylynngrossman.religionnews.com/2015/06/01/more-catholics-fewer-receiving-sacraments-a-new-report-maps-a-changing-church/ by Cathy Lynn Grossman A new report issued Monday (June 1) mapping the Catholic Church of more than 1.2 billion souls – on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 – holds some surprises. And not all bode well … Continue reading

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What are the pope’s priorities? Ask his travel agent

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/06/03/to-understand-pope-francis-priorities-just-ask-his-travel-agent/ by John Allen, Jr Here’s a quick pop-quiz for all those who pride themselves on their command of either Vaticanology or global affairs: What do Albania, Sri Lanka, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have in common? A. All are places Pope … Continue reading

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How to build a better world: Jean Vanier on love, humility and the path to peace

Originally at: http://blogs.thearda.com/trend/featured/how-to-build-a-better-world-jean-vanier-on-love-humility-and-the-path-to-peace-and-happiness/ by David Briggs “Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” –Jean Vanier ‘Father’ & ‘son’ to marry. Guiliana poses in bikini. ‘Grey’s’ star 40-lb. loss. Paula Cooper found … Continue reading

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Birthright for Christians

Originally at: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/birthright-for-christians/ by Rod Dreher Have you ever heard of Birthright Israel? It’s an international organization whose objectives are as follows: Taglit-Birthright Israel seeks to ensure the future of the Jewish people by strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities and connection with Israel … Continue reading

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