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March 15, 2016

A person with whom I was corresponding recently asserted that skeptics are free to hold that objective morality is derived from the society in which we live. In this view, he claimed, moral principles exist beyond the individual and thus are objective.

This correspondent is in good company with Richard Dawkins. To the question “How do we decide what is right and what is wrong?”, Professor Dawkins answers, "There is a consensus about what we do as a matter of fact consider right and...

March 14, 2016
Bl. John Henry Newman

As a "Bible Christian," I would have said I loved the writings of the Fathers. Of course, what I would have meant is that I loved to read Luther and Calvin and the other "heroes" of the Reformation. What Christians believed in the second, third, fourth, and fifth centuries of the Christian era didn't matter too much to me.

And in the end, when it came to determining doctrine, I would have said that all that really counts is “What saith the Scriptures?"

Then I met Newman. 

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March 2, 2016
Christopher Check speaks at Catholic Answers' 2014 national conference.

Not long ago historians spoke of “the retreat from marriage” to describe the increase in divorce, the rise in the average age of first marriage, and the growing number of people who live alone. That phrase, “retreat from marriage,” is no longer sufficient. Ours is the age of “the war against marriage.”

The Supreme Court, with enthusiastic approval from the White House, has declared the metaphysically impossible the new law of the land. The once fervent people of Ireland have done the...

February 25, 2016

The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

This amendment, along with the various interpretations given to its opening clause, guarantees that gun ownership will be a perennial topic in American politics.

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February 23, 2016

There are many matters involving faith and morals where there is room for legitimate differences of opinion among Catholics. As an apologist, I often get this question, especially now that we are in an election cycle: “What about the death penalty? What about war? What about immigration? Climate change? What about the right to health and education?” In fact, whenever these issues come up in dialogue, it always reminds me of an encounter I had some years ago.

I was giving a parish...