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February 15, 2013

While discussing the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus Christ in her helpful book titled The Misunderstood Jew, Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine sketches an amusing scene of her anticipated future arrival at the Pearly Gates. Levine imagines herself immediately peppering St. Peter with all her unanswered academic questions, only to be told to take up her...

February 15, 2013

We’re supposed to like freedom, whatever its manifestation, and dislike anything that reduces freedom. After all, we’re Americans—as is Kevin Drum, who writes for Mother Jones.

In a recent article he lists nine “ways in which you were less free fifty years ago” and another nine “ways in which you are less free today.” Given the venue of his writing, it should come as little...

February 14, 2013

Did you know that in Iceland the printing and distribution of pornography is illegal? In fact, if caught, offenders can be imprisoned for up to six months.

Well, Iceland may now become the first Western country to ban Internet pornography.

According to a recent article in The Telegraph, "The government is considering introducing Internet...

February 14, 2013

Leave it to the bizarre imagination of retail America (merchants and consumers alike) to turn the celebration of the moment when an angel of almighty God handed the palm of martyrdom to a third-century Roman priest into an opportunity to boost the bottom lines of candy manufacturers and lingerie vendors. It’s a pretty easy guess with what kind of judgment Valentinus would react.

Let’s bring the commemoration back into focus.

According to the 1962 Missal, St. Valentine was...

February 14, 2013

I sometimes wonder what the real St. Valentine, probably a third-century Roman martyr but no one knows for certain, would think of what's become of his feast day. Not only is the tradition of celebrating romantic love tenuously connected to what is told about this saint, but the day's name is often stripped of its sanctity. We never refer to March 17 as "Patrick's Day," but somehow February 14 became...