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February 5, 2014

On a summer day 150 years ago, General Robert E. Lee ordered his men to storm Cemetery Ridge during the Battle of Gettysburg. To this day, no one quite knows why one of the most brilliant military commanders in American history threw his men across open fields at an enemy entrenched in an easily-defended...

January 29, 2014
Relic of Bl. John Paul II

Two very different news items came to my attention this week, one right after the other.

Earlier this week it was reported that thieves had broken into a tiny church in the Italian mountains and stolen a reliquary containing drops of blood from Bl. John Paul II. Other valuables were left behind, including the collection box, leading some to believe...

January 28, 2014

Atheists and agnostics like to claim that religion or belief in God isn’t necessary for living a moral life. “I can be a good person without God,” they say. Some go a step further and try to build a case for why they can be even better people without God. For example, they might claim that whereas theists are concerned about obeying religious commands that will get them into a heavenly afterlife, unbelievers are able to apply all their energies to making this world a better...

January 24, 2014

Tomorrow tens of thousands of pro-life advocates will gather in San Francisco for the West Coast Walk for Life. As I read about this demonstration and the similar March for Life in Washington D.C. there's one figure that sticks out to me and gives me pause. Lots of people have tried to underscore the tragedy of abortion by noting that over 55 million unborn children have been...

January 22, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made news last week when during a radio interview he said “extreme conservatives” have “no place” in the Empire State. Who are these people? Among others, he said, those who are “right to life” or “anti-gay.”

Later he tried to walk back this naked and nasty bit of intolerance, reassuring us that those who are “anti-choice...