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February 15, 2013

Pope Benedict’s renouncement of the papal office has spurred a rash of questions about the purported prophecies of St. Malachy. “Will Benedict’s successor be the last pope?” “Are we headed into a period of great tribulation?” “Will the world end soon?”

The last time we fielded so many such questions at Catholic Answers was about eight years ago, shortly after the death of Blessed John Paul II. This makes sense, because the prophecies in question concern the identities of popes from...

February 15, 2013

Last week, the nation of Ireland released a report detailing the abusive practices that occurred at its so-called Magdalene laundries (known outside of Ireland as Magdalene asylums) as well as how the state supported this institution. The 2002 film The Magdalene Sisters provides a dramatic account of the worst abuses.

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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...