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March 7, 2013

In a prior post we looked at reasons why Church teaching on contraception not only belongs in any  “seamless garment” approach to life issues, but in fact must serve as its keystone. As Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, put it, only when sex is properly regarded as a cooperation with God’s life-giving goodness can we build a truly coherent and comprehensive life ethic. Without Humanae...

March 1, 2013

Archbishop Gerhard Müller is prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office once held by his fellow Regensburger Josef Ratzinger (whom you might recognize as the pope emeritus, His Holiness Benedict XVI). He caused a mild stir in 2007 when he said that Muslims and Christians do not believe in the same God, but by and large he doesn't seem to be the sort who seeks controversy.

His...

February 21, 2013

Since the new musical film adaptation of Les Misérables hit theaters last Christmas, there has been no shortage of praise from Catholic reviewers (and some whiny criticism from the seculars) for director Tom Hooper’s decision not only to retain the religious themes baked into the libretto but to double down on them: lovingly filling frame after frame with crosses, candles, altars, vestments, chanting nuns, and every...

February 12, 2013

Call it what you want: birth dearth, global fertility crisis, demographic time bomb—the reality of the Western world’s slow suicide has gone from crackpot theory to badly kept secret to acknowledged-but-ignored fait accompli.

Catholic Answers readers are, I suspect, more familiar than most with the basic facts, courageously proclaimed for decades by pro-life groups and specialized outfits like the Population Research Institute...

February 5, 2013

Like the dyslexic atheist, I don’t believe in dog.

Apparently this puts me in a minority—and a perilous one at that. For among supporters of the notion, few subjects seem to arouse as much passion as the question of whether there are pets in heaven. I think I’d rather debate Android versus Apple, or argue for the merits of baby formula in a room full of La Leche Leaguers, than tell people that they won’t be spending the hereafter cuddled up with Fido.

Advocates of heavenly...