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Mark Lowery is chairman of the theology department at the University of Dallas. He is author of Living the Good Life: What Every Catholic Needs to Know about Moral Issues (Charis 2003). He writes from Irving, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Madeline, and their eight children.

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