But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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On October 11, Pope Francis addressed a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of John Paul II’s Catechism of the Catholic Church . In his remarks , Francis indicated a desire to revise the...

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Harvey Weinstein preyed on women for decades, and used his power to limit their ability to escape his assaults or bring him to justice. He mustered his legal team and press contacts to smear and threaten women who tried to take action. He conducted his despicable behavior with the same meticulous...

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With the release of Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 classic, philosophers and bioethicists are buzzing about when non-human beings should be granted “rights.” Lorraine Boissoneaultoffers an interesting take in Smithsonian, exploring whether the fictional...

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If your intentions are carried out, it may be that a new Athens will arise in France and an Athens fairer than of old, for our Athens, ennobled by the teaching of Christ, will surpass the wisdom of the Academy. The old Athens had only the wisdom of Plato to instruct it, yet even so it flourished by...

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In May, a group of pro-democracy thinkers and activists issued “The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal.” It was a call for religious revival: an invitation for uncertain citizens to renew their faith at the altar of democracy.

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New data released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the Pew Research Center have given rise to a number of analyses of white Christianity in general and white evangelicalism in particular. The numbers seem to suggest a decline in white Christianity across the board during the...

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Thomas A. Clark is ambitious. In a short essay on “Imaginative Space,” the Scottish poet describes our “late culture,” which is characterized by “derangement and disequilibrium,” the “constant and inescapable climate of a politics of bewilderment.” He...

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Confessing all the secret things in the warm velvet boxTo the priest—he’s the doctor—he can handle the shocks —Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street”

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I’m a proponent of academic freedom. But what we need today is a home and an inheritance, not exhortations to defend academic freedom (or other freedoms, for that matter).

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. . . being an imaginary dialogue between a nominee to a Federal appeals court and members of the Committee on the Judiciary of what once imagined itself “the world’s greatest deliberative body” . . . 

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Agroup of more than sixty Catholic theologians and clergy, including some well-known traditionalist writers and scholars, have signed a document, addressed to Pope Francis and recently released to the public, alleging that the pope has promoted heresy through his statements regarding the...

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If Facebook followers, book sales, and column inches are any measure, then Fr. James Martin has some claim to be the most influential priest in the English-speaking world—which is one reason for the enormous fuss he frequently generates. Another reason is the widespread suspicion...

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Iunderstand what Ben Domenech is trying to say in his eulogy for Hugh Hefner, but I’m afraid he has strained out the gnat and swallowed the rabbit. Domenech sees in Hefner’s legacy a nostalgia that conservatives can appreciate—a nostalgia for a time when women were women, and men...

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The medically vulnerable have rarely been in greater jeopardy. Alzheimer’s disease patients are at particular risk. In a recent poll from Quebec—where lethal-injection euthanasia is legal—a chilling 72 percent of caregivers favor permitting Alzheimer’s patients to be...

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During the Long Lent of 2002, Sister Betsy Conway, who lived in the Bostonian epicenter of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, spoke for many self-identified progressive Catholics when she told syndicated columnist Michael Kelly, “This is our Church, all of us, and we need to take it...

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In the autumn of AD 386, a thirty-two-year-old academic superstar named Aurelius Augustinus made a radical move: He resigned his position as imperial professor of rhetoric in Milan and retired early. The position, as prestigious as an endowed chair of government at Harvard today, represented the...

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Over a decade before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of New Orleans formally  moved to end segregation in his archdiocese . He had already taken the unpopular step of admitting two African-American students to Notre Dame seminary, and he was clear about...

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I’ve often dreamed of retiring to a cabin in the Rockies with several million dollars and a deep freeze full of Tombstone pizzas. I would spend my days enjoying scenic hikes, reading, writing, and studying the landscape.   Aside from contemplative leisure and freedom, this lifestyle...

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Afairly popular contemporary view of the apocalypse envisions it as a sudden and complete shutdown of electrical power. Think of S. M. Stirling’s series of science fiction books, which kicked off in 2008 with Dies the Fire, or the television series Revolution, which ran on NBC from 2012-14....

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What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? Or, to put it more contemporarily, what has Shakespeare’s formation to do with the vitality of today’s Church? A seemingly obscure literary artifact might give an answer.

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The closest my husband got to giving away he was going to propose was at the Easter Vigil. We’d gone back to our college, to see an undergraduate friend received into the Church, and just before we’d gone in to the liturgy, we’d heard that two friends of ours had gotten engaged.

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