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Nothing about us without us

By George Weigel on Jan 16, 2019 03:01 am
The slogan “Nothing about us without us” was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium. Then, it was expressed in Latin: Nihil [...]
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Pope Francis: What to expect in 2019

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 16, 2019 12:12 am
Vatican City, Jan 15, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- The finalization of a Curial reform process, a reshuffle in some Vatican positions, and an eventual consistory to “refill” the College of Cardinals might be among [...]
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A Remarkable History of Christian Self-Understanding

By Gil Bailie on Jan 15, 2019 07:44 pm
Last year, the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was celebrated by some and noted with remorse by others. Though the reformers sought to rebuild Christianity on the principle of sola scriptura, without either papal [...]
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Don’t know much about the Old Testament? Here’s the book for you.

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 14, 2019 07:48 pm
Since its publication last year, A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament (Ignatius Press, 2018), by Dr. John S. Bergsma and Dr. Brant Pitre, has been heralded as an outstanding reference work rooted in exceptional [...]
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Abortion: The Mark of Dystopia

By Jerry Salyer on Jan 14, 2019 03:32 pm
“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.” — Aldous Huxley, Foreword to Brave New World Many liberals seem to think that dystopian cautionary tales can only be directed against the [...]
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Wuerl denies prior denials denied knowledge of McCarrick seminarian abuse

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 14, 2019 02:50 pm
Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2019 / 10:45 am (CNA).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The cardinal also said that [...]
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What Peter Steinfels got wrong about the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

By Christopher R. Altieri on Jan 13, 2019 07:49 pm
Veteran religion reporter Peter Steinfels’ recent, lengthy essay in Commonweal, on the supposed faults and failings of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the media coverage of the Report, is the sort of piece that [...]
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“Why did Jesus insist on being baptized?”

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 12, 2019 09:10 am
Readings: • Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11 • Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 or Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 • Acts 10:34-38 or Or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7 • Lk 3:15-16, 21-22 If [...]
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The Horizon of Hope

By Dr. Leroy Huizenga on Jan 11, 2019 06:17 pm
The world is simply horrible—isn’t it? Our politics seems poisoned: half the country hates Trump, while the other half hates those who hate Trump. The Church—well, again we’re mired in scandal as the metrics of [...]
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Congolese opposition leader wins presidency; bishops express doubts

By Fredrick Nzwili on Jan 11, 2019 02:33 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (CWR) – Some observers have viewed the latest elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a new dawn for the troubled country that has never enjoyed a peaceful transfer of power [...]
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