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May 7, 2013

In the Divine Comedy, Dante is guided through the heavens by his courtly love, Beatrice.

These heavens are based on the astronomical ideas of the day, and she takes him through nine of them before they arrive at the ultimate dwelling place of God.

The idea that there are multiple heavens is not a concept that originated with Dante. Various ancient sources, including passages in the Bible...

April 30, 2013

Pope Francis has received an enormous amount of good will in his early days as pontiff.

Some of that is natural. There is normally a honeymoon period fpr a new pope.

Some of it is also due to his personal style. He comes off to many as simple, humble, energetic, and engaged with his flock.

Because of his personal...

April 23, 2013

In the period leading up to a conclave, the cardinals of the Church gather in a series of meetings that are known as the “general congregations.”

In these meetings, they are allowed to make brief statements—known as “interventions”—about the problems they feel need to be addressed in the Church and what kind of man the next pope should be.

Before the recent conclave, Cardinal Bergoglio gave an intervention, which didn't even last four minutes but which got the attention of his...

March 22, 2013

Recently it was announced that the U.S. Supreme Court would be hearing two cases on same-sex "marriage"—one involving California's pro-marriage initiative Prop 8 and the other involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

When we learned of this, Catholic Answers began preparations for filing what's known as an amicus curiae (Latin, "friend of the court") brief with the Supreme Court to help bolster the case for marriage.

Catholic Answers was one of a number of...

March 20, 2013

Every year it kills more people than heart disease, stroke, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, AIDS, accidents, murder, and war—put together.

It kills almost as many people as all other causes combined.

It is the single largest preventable cause of death.

It is abortion.

Every year around 44 million children die before birth due to induced abortion. By comparison, only 57 million people die after birth from all causes...