For the First Time Ever, a Woman Is Awarded the Ratzinger Prize

Anne-Marie Pelletier

Anne-Marie Pelletier, a French Biblical scholar who has written on Christianity and women, is the first woman recipient of the Ratzinger Prize in theology, it was announced today in the Vatican. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Scientific Committee of the "Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI", made the announcement this morning in a press conference in the Holy See Press Office.  The award will be presented November 22, 2014 to two individuals:  In addition to Dr. P … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

MLK in Birmingham Jail

One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?”   The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.  I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.  One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.  Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.  I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”Now, what is the difference between the two?  How does one determine wh … [Read more...]

Who Do You Say That I Am? Mormons and the Christ

LDS Christus

NOTE:  I wrote this column at the invitation of Chris Henrichsen, who blogs at the Mormon Portal here at Patheos.  This is part of a Roundtable discussion on "Are Mormons Christian?" First, a word of praise:  Mormons are good citizens.  They are persons of good conscience, and are supportive of strong family values.  Catholics and Mormons, as the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith noted in its 2001 statement on Mormon baptism, “…often find themselves working together on a rang … [Read more...]


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