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TORTURE/ Dcn. Dodge: Some musings starting from the teaching of the Catholic Church

Deacon SCOTT DODGE comments on the running debate on torture in the US in the light of the Catholic Church teaching which condemns it as intrinsically evil that cannot be morally justified
Scott Dodge

RELIGION/ Bryson: Austria’s Troubling Quran Law

Austria’s attempt to mandate a single German translation of the Quran reflects ignorance about Islam and the factors contributing to violent extremism. By JENNIFER BRYSON
Jennifer Bryson

EVIL/ A classic issue revisited

Every now and then a classic issue becomes the main topic in the media: “The presence of evil is a clear evidence that God does not exist”. But is it really so? By PIERLUIGI ASSOGNA
Pierluigi Assogna

US/ Prof. Bradley: Religious Liberty at a Crossroads?

Religious exemptions - as in the US religious liberty law - witness to the value of religion as a transcendent good and not about personal idiosyncrasies. By Gerard Bradley
Gerard Bradley

RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY/ Fr. Araujo: What is past is prologue… the Synod on the Family

The 1983 Charter of the Rights of the Family demands the careful understanding and appreciation of the participants of the ongoing Synod on the Family. By Fr ROBERT J. ARAUJO
Robert John Araujo

IN REMEMBRANCE/ Fr. Klamut: R.I.P. Msgr Lorenzo Albacete

Fr CHARLES KLAMUT remembers his encounters with the late Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, and the relevance they have had in his own life as a priest and as a person
Charles Klamut

LIFE/ Fr. Nagle: The lesson that is coming to us from the Middle East

The catastrophe that has overtaken our brothers and sisters in the Middle East can help us to discover the story of love that makes it possible for us to live with hope. By Fr VINCENT NAGLE
Vincent Nagle

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

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

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

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

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’’

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

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

CATHOLIC VOICES/ Catholic Church urges global action to assist victims of Iraq ‘catastrophe’

CATHOLIC VOICES report on the call for international action in Iraq by Catholic Church leaders in London, Brussels and Rome and by the Vatican’s Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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