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The Genesis Wars: Forgetfulness of Christ?

02/16/2018 - 8:15am

I’ve had several interesting discussions lately probing the account of Creation in Genesis, on the one hand, and the scientific theory of evolution, on the other. Discussions of human origins are endlessly fascinating! Too often, however, they carry a high emotional cost. They may even trouble our Faith.

Practicing apologetics upon ourselves: Five models

02/13/2018 - 11:11am

When I first wrote on this topic in the last months of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, I did not realize how much more important it would become under Pope Francis. But the following assertion has become increasingly obvious over the past five years, namely, that apologetics is often more valuable to believers than to non-believers.

Four ways to grasp natural meaning from the God Who Is

02/06/2018 - 12:53pm

I have set myself a bit of a task here, and it is all the fault of four excellent authors who have tackled the modern dismissal of God in four significantly different ways, all during the past fifteen months. I say “tackled the modern dismissal of God”, but they might not all conceive of their task in such pugnacious terms. Still, in one way or another, Leo Severino, Gerard Verschuuren, Michael Augros, and Edward Feser have expressed serious concern about those who suffer from the absence of God.

On the “kidnapping” of Edgardo Mortara by Pope Pius IX: Who is right?

01/30/2018 - 2:37pm

Vittorio Messori’s recent book, Kidnapped by the Vatican?, has created quite a furor. Different wings of the Church are at odds over the issue raised by the late-nineteenth century case of Edgardo Mortara, who was taken from his Jewish parents to be raised a Catholic after he had been baptized by a nursemaid when in danger of death. This was done under the authority of Pope Blessed Pius IX.

The priorities of Catholic leadership today, and how they must influence praise and blame

01/09/2018 - 8:44am

A reader raised a thorny problem the other day: Since there is good reason to criticize many things that Pope Francis says in order to dispel confusion and avoid spiritual discouragement, is it also right and proper to praise Pope Francis when he says or does something very good? The reader had in mind the Pope’s urgent concern for migrants and refugees, and his frequent exhortations to both the Church and the world to avoid prejudice and help those seeking a better life in a new country.

Vatican enforcement: Why does the Church lack teeth?

12/20/2017 - 8:03am

It’s just not the thing. It just isn’t done. The Catholic Church does not enforce its own laws.

Renewal in secular cultures: The need to distinguish between sheep and goats

11/28/2017 - 10:56am

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to effect a widely effective renewal within the Church in our time? After all, individual Catholics too numerous to count have made this their top priority since the mid-1960s. The Church herself, in the whole process of calling, holding and implementing the Second Vatican Council, has committed herself again and again to the same largely thankless effort for roughly the same period of time. Yet over this span of 50 to 60 years, relatively little has been accomplished.