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February 12, 2013

Call it what you want: birth dearth, global fertility crisis, demographic time bomb—the reality of the Western world’s slow suicide has gone from crackpot theory to badly kept secret to acknowledged-but-ignored fait accompli.

Catholic Answers readers are, I suspect, more familiar than most with the basic facts, courageously proclaimed for decades by pro-life groups and specialized outfits like the Population Research Institute...

February 11, 2013

It sets me on edge to hear people refer to themselves as "devout" Catholics. Adjectives modify nouns, and some nouns are sturdy enough to stand on their own.

I understand the idea, of course, of identifying oneself as firmly believing and taking the Faith seriously. But it seems to me that devout injects a note of pious self-puffery. (And don't get me started about the term "staunch Catholic." Does one's reputation as a Catholic really benefit from the added connotation of...

February 11, 2013

A Catholic hospital in Colorado has been under criticism from just about everyone in the past few weeks for its unusual legal maneuver in a wrongful death lawsuit.  An article on CNN recounts the gist of the story this way:

 

The flip-flop concerns the case of Lori Stodghill. She was 28 weeks pregnant with twins when she went to the emergency...

February 11, 2013

In the coming days there will be plenty of comments about Pope Benedict XVI's stunning announcement. Some of those comments will appear in the Catholic Answers Blog. For now, let me make a few points:

1. Yes, popes can renounce the Petrine office. A few popes have done so, the most famous being St. Celestine V in 1296. (More on him another time.)

2. Benedict XVI hasn't "resigned," as that word commonly is used. A resignation implies informing one's superior about one's decision...

February 11, 2013

A colleague told me not long ago of a priest he knows who attended the installation of a new bishop in the diocese in which the priest resided. This was a diocese in which the incoming bishop might have been expected to have a difficult row to hoe in cleaning up some of the liturgical funny business his predecessor chose, for whatever reason, not to crack down on. As I understand it, the priest walked out of the bishop's installation Mass during the consecration, when the large amount of...