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A Catholic America Would Be Worth ‘Conserving’

History is a funny thing in that it takes no prisoners. One thing American Conservatives have wrestled with since the foundation of the republic is just what it is they are supposed to be conserving. Europeans and Latin Americans were fairly clear on the point, with a rejection of the principles of the French Revolution [...]

On the Empty Papal Chair Conspiracy

One Vatican specialist (Sandro Magister) headlined a recent article thus: The Hundred Days of Francis and the Enigma of the Empty Chair. And there it was, at the top of his and a hundred other articles, now the most famous chair in Christendom, conspicuously empty, with all around it immaculately becassocked curial cardinals, bishops and [...]

Friday Free-for-All: March 4

Time for some Friday morning links: France's ban on the niqab, or face veil, goes into effect next month: Face veils will be outlawed virtually anywhere outside women's own homes, except when they are worshipping in a religious place or travelling as a passenger in a private car, although traffic police may stop them if [...]

Why does the world hate the pope?

Aldo Maria Valli, a Vatican expert for the Italian television network RAI, has recently published a book titled, The Truth About the Pope: Why He Is Attacked, Why He Must Be Listened To. In it, he poses the question: "Why is the present Pope the absolutely most attacked public figure and why are his words [...]

The Mother Teresa of Cairo

The Catholic Herald has a moving profile of one Coptic laywoman in Cairo who has made it her mission to minister to the people who live in the city's garbage dumps. There are 60,000-70,000 Zabbaleen, or "garbage people," in Cairo who survive on what they can scrounge in the dumps -- children fighting with rats over [...]

Bishop Soto: Contraception is now the default position in marriage.

In the current issue of the Catholic Herald, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento writes that most modern couples accept contraception as the "default" position in marriage, only giving up the practice when it's 'time to have kids.' This isn't merely a drag on our population's replacement rate, but has itself confused the definition of marriage. [...]

Benedict’s quiet response to the New Atheists

William Oddie at the UK's Catholic Herald took issue with George Weigel's call for British bishops to get more confrontational with the New Atheism movement: [T]here are two reasons why they won’t and probably shouldn’t try. The first is that they are probably too frightened of them, even now, to do anything of the sort. [...]

Preparing for the Pope

It sounds like something that would at one time have been every British Catholic's dream: The pope comes to England for a state visit; he is received by Her Majesty the Queen; he addresses members of Parliament in Westminster's Great Hall, where St. Thomas More was tried four centuries earlier; and he celebrates a great [...]

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