Atheists and the Culture of Encounter

Pope Francis caused quite a stir with the atheists last week, didn’t he?  The pontiff, celebrating Mass on Wednesday at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, declared that everyone—including atheists—was redeemed through Jesus.  "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics,” the Pope said.The media was abuzz:  The Huffington Post headline read,Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just CatholicsThe New York Daily News sa … [Read more...]

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The Polemics of Disbelief: An Atheist, an Agnostic and a Catholic Priest

 “I want to believe,” says Fox News’ John Stossel.  “I see the peace and purpose it gives most of you who believe—and I tried.  I just can’t.”Born of Jewish parents, then raised Protestant, Stossel is not steeled against religion—he just hasn’t experienced the spark of faith in his own life.  By his own admission, he’s gone to churches and temples; but he just hasn’t been convinced that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.In the video which follows, Stossel discusses the questi … [Read more...]

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THE CANOPY AND THE COSMOS: What Kilmer Knew, What Sagan Never Dreamed

Today, December 6, is the birthday of Joyce Kilmer.Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American journalist, poet, literary critic, and editor.  He was considered the leading Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, and was compared to G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.  He died too young, at age 31, leaving his fans to wonder what else he might have accomplished had he lived.  A sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment during World War I, Kilmer was killed … [Read more...]

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