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February 13, 2013

In the third book of his Ecclesiastical History (written around 325), Eusebius says that in the earliest days the Church “remained a pure and uncorrupted virgin, for those who attempted to corrupt the healthful rule of the Savior’s preaching, if they existed at all, lurked in obscure darkness.” It wasn’t long, though, before enemies—internal and external—made themselves known.

“When the sacred band of the apostles and the generation of those to whom it had been vouchsafed to...

February 12, 2013

Former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner is the most wanted man in America. After declaring war on his former department and allegedly shooting four people, Dorner posted a manifesto online that has some parts that seem newsworthy despite the fact most media...

February 12, 2013

I learned about Pope Benedict's decision to renounce his office at around 4:30 in the morning, in a phone call from a friend on the East Coast.

He told me, "Prepare yourself for a shock."

"Okay," I said.

"Pope Benedict has resigned."

It actually wasn't a shock.

I hadn't expected the announcement, but I wasn't very surprised.

I accept and respect his decision, as disappointed as I am.

I'd been picking up on clues that, for Pope...

February 12, 2013

It was about six o'clock in the morning, Pacific Time. I was jolted awake by a chime from my phone indicating an incoming text message. Since to be awakened first thing in the morning by your phone never means good news, I stumbled from bed and stared blearily at my phone. Once my mind started processing, shock seeped in:

Just heard on the news that the pope is stepping down at the end of the month for health reasons.

The colleague who had sent the...

February 12, 2013

On a recent flight from Philadelphia to San Diego I had the following conversation with a woman—we’ll call her Mary—who believed that all religions were equal. I wrote down the conversation a few days later. Here it is:

All Religions Are Equal

“I suppose when it comes down to it,” Mary said, “the main thing is that people are sincere in what they believe. All religions are equal.”

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