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SOCIETY/ Ebola & Fear: Two Crippling Diseases

To be sure, Ebola is scary, but nothing good comes from fear. We should be afraid of the moral blindness of our culture of indifference we inhabit and facilitate. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS
Michael Sean Winters

MARRIAGE/ Finding the Challenges and Joys of Paul VI's Teaching on the Family

MARIA WIERING (Catholic Review) reports on the Church’s teaching on contraception, starting from what pope Paul VI wrote on it and on the family in the encyclical Humanae Vitae
Maria Wiering

PAUL VI/ Pope Paul's Call for Peace and Justice Challenges us More Than Ever

The encyclical Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) has been called the “Magna Carta on development”, and it is as challenging today as it was 50 years ago. By JILL RAUH
Jill Rauh

SHALE OIL/ A new era in U.S. energy and in the rest of the world?

On September 30th the first unrestricted export of American oil to a country outside of North America left the port of Galveston loaded with 400,000 barrels of crude oil. By ANNA ALEMANI
Anna Alemani

SYNOD/ Interim report holds issues in tension while breaking new ground

AUSTEN IVEREIGH (Catholic Voices) comments from Rome on the interim report on the first week of meeting read out on Monday by the synod's Hungarian relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö
Austen Ivereigh

THE RENAISSANCE OF HOPE/ Dissidence, the Polish Church, and the End of Communism

The totalitarian temptation can never be entirely overcome, and barbarism might always return. Thus, we must ceaselessly strive to pursue love, dignity, and freedom. By ALICJA GESCINSKA
Alicja Gescinska

NOTRE DAME/ Winters: Alliance for Catholic Education

MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS describes the work Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, which is focused on three areas: teaching and learning, executive management, and Catholic identity
Michael Sean Winters

SYNOD/ Pope calls for disagreement, openness to Holy Spirit

Pope Francis has opened the synod of bishops, urging its participants to be frank in disagreement but at peace with one another, and above all open to the Holy Spirit. By AUSTEN IVEREIGH
Austen Ivereigh

DEBATES/ Euresis Symposium: The hidden spark that ignites the scientist's quest

The “big questions” in the various fields of science today were at the core of the International Symposium organized in August 2014 in San Marino by Euresis. By SAMIR SUWEIS
Samir Suweis

SEXUAL ABUSE/ Vatican blasts UN committee over shoddy report

In its response to a report on sexual abuse, the Vatican accuses the UN of intolerance, of abusing its power, and of unacceptable interference in the Church's teachings. By AUSTEN IVEREIGH
Austen Ivereigh

SHALE GAS/We must control fugitive emissions to make sure it really is cleaner

JANE BURSTON, Head of the Centre for Carbon Management at the National Physical Laboratory, explores the issue of greenhouse gas emissions caused by shale gas extraction
Jane Burston

VON BALTHASAR/ On being a Christian

In his book entitled “Who is a Christian?” Hans Urs von Balthasar asserts that the saint is the one who endeavors to embrace the Christian thing wholeheartedly. BY Dc SCOTT DODGE
Scott Dodge

AVSI/ New Beginnings at the Ends of the World: "The Power of a Welcoming Embrace"

Amparito Espinoza lives in Ecuador amidst poverty and violence. Her story was featured in the RIMINI MEETING exhibit: ‘Generating Beauty: New Beginnings at the Ends of the World’’

SYRIA/ The account of Custodian Pizzaballa after his visit to Aleppo

ATS Pro Terra Sancta reports on the visit Father PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA – Custodian of the Holy Land and president of the Association pro Terra Sancta – in the massacred city of Aleppo

GOSPEL/ Prostitutes will Enter Before you

To discover our need for salvation through the presence of the Savior is to discover what unites me to each human being. This is the fundamental fact in our life. By Fr. VINCENT NAGLE
Vincent Nagle

CHURCH/ Pre-synod jostling points to dynamism of Rome meeting on family

AUSTEN IVEREIGH (Catholic Voices) comments on the discussions prior to the “extraordinary” Synod of Catholic bishops to be hold on 5-19 October in Rome on the family and marriage
Austen Ivereigh

MIDDLE EAST/ Winters: Congress, Obama and ISIS

The vote in the House does not start the US down a clear path to any kind of victory. But, it is a step forward, and we should not be afraid to walk down this path. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS
Michael Sean Winters

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ Pope Francis, 16 Women Senators, and Protecting Women

A bipartisan group of 16 women senators wrote Commissioner Goodell expressing dismay with the NFL’s “policy” regarding domestic violence and Ray Rice's beating of his wife. By MARY LEARY
Mary Leary

CATHOLICS/ A fascinating "what if?" about colonial America

What if the first American colonists had been Catholics seeking refuge from Elizabethan persecution? A new book from Oxford tells the story. By RICHARD GARNETT
Richard Garnett

STATE/ Esolen: The Illusion of Neutrality

That the State must remain neutral as regards religion or irreligion has come to be a liberal dictum. But the secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion. By ANTHONY ESOLEN
Anthony Esolen
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