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Does freedom mean liberty or license? Contemporary secular dialogue loudly extols the right to freedom while denouncing any moral law as restrictive and oppressive. St. Paul says that Christ set us free for freedom. Same word, vastly different meanings. To overcome the confusion requires that we unravel the secular meaning of freedom while explaining what it means to be free in Christ.
The 2007 Supreme Court ruling Gonzales vs. Carhart was a major victory for infants in the womb. More and more people are speaking out on behalf of the pre-born. In light of these and other hopeful signs, a leading pro-life advocate makes ten observations about the current state of the right-to-life movement.
Popular "historical" scholarship claims that the Gospels were written long after the events they describe and not by the individuals to whom they were attributed. But were early Church communities that credulous about accepting the authority behind sacred texts? Revisionist arguments come up short in light of intra-textual and contemporary historical evidence.
Excommunication is a term that gets a lot of press these days. Most Catholics, however—and certainly the secular press—have only a tenuous g.asp of what the Church’s penalty is all about. When we look beyond images of bell, book, and candle to understand how canon law defines and applies excommunication, we discover that it’s about treatment, not condemnation.
"In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance]."
~ Anglo-Saxon "Ecclesiastical Institutes" translated from Theodulphus by Abbot Aelfric about A.D. 1000; explaining the English term "shrovetide" (from "to shrive", or hear confessions) wherein the religious idea is uppermost; but before long, human nature allowed itself some exceptional licence.