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    For those who have the courage to plunge headlong into the great sea of history, their minds accustomed to taking long views, the attractions of Protestantism are few and never fatal.   But for those who know nothing of the past,…

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    Moving to a Smaller House Means Shedding Books: Should I Throw Out My Bertrand Russell?

    by Dr. William Oddie

    Later this year, now that the value of property is picking up a little, my wife and I shall be putting our house on the market. Our family has grown up; we do not, strictly speaking, need a house of…

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    Is Lying Ever Justified?

    by Scott P. Richert

    “The problem is not that we are sinners: the problem is not repenting of sin, not being ashamed of what we have done.” In his homily at his daily Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 17, 2013, Pope Francis…

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    Saving the Uncommon Core of Catholic Education

    by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins

    As Catholic institutions have come under unprecedented pressure from government to trim their religious and social mission, it seems incredible that Catholic educators would consider voluntarily placing their schools under an onerous federal yoke.  But that incongruous prospect may be…

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    Blessed John Henry Newman: Our Guide and Inspiration

    by Joseph Pearce

    In 2010, I was honored to be among the official press commentators for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain. It was indeed a joy and a privilege to follow the Pope as he visited venues in London that resonated with…

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    Sign of Hope: Anglican Nuns Become Catholic

    by Dr. William Oddie

    I have had, as we all have, many good moments in my life as a Catholic (greatly outweighing the inevitable bad ones); but yesterday was one of the very best. Have I ever, I try to recall, had such a…

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    Finding God with Basil, Gregory, and Newman

    by Christopher O. Blum

    The advantage that tragic poetry has over historical narrative seems to lie in the way individual deeds are portrayed: they are enacted. The confrontation of Angelo by Isabella in the second act of Measure for Measure, culminating in her speech…

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    Latest Liberal Catholic Claims on Newman Mislead

    by Dr. William Oddie

    I am very sorry that Professor Eamon Duffy should have seen fit so immoderately to spring to the defense of Professor Tina Beattie, an invitation to whom to take up a fellowship has been withdrawn by the (Catholic) University of…

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    Submerged in the Ocean: Challenges Often Arise After Catholic Conversion

    by David Paul Deavel

    By the time I was received into the Catholic Church 15 years ago I had already read a number of stories of conversions to the faith—Newman’s Apologia, Avery Dulles’ A Testimonial to Grace, Scott Hahn’s Rome Sweet Home, and many…

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    Teacher of Teachers: Blessed John Henry Newman

    by Christopher O. Blum

    If John Henry Newman should be declared a Doctor of the Church, the honor will be in large part due to his work as an educator. As Benedict XVI has pointed out, the “definite service” that he gave to the…

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    The Zeal of a Convert: Father Frederick Faber

    by John F. Quinn

    When Father Frederick Faber died in September 1863 after a long illness, there was an outpouring of grief for this Oxford Movement convert.  The Freeman’s Journal in Dublin remarked that Faber’s death, “though so long expected, has come with a…

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