“Baylor University Scholar Francis Beckwith Will Speak at Vatican Educational Conference”

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From Baylor media communications: WACO, Texas (April 22, 2013) -- Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at Baylor University and Resident Scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, will travel to Rome in mid-June to speak at The Celebration of Evangelium Vitae: Faithful to Life conference, sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.Beckwith is one of three speakers invited to speak at the event, to be held June … [Read more...]

Me v. Obama Shooting the Basketball? No Contest, Really.

High school senior Obama takes a shot during a basketball game with his team from the Punahou School in 1979

The President, on Easter Sunday at the White House:Me, two weeks ago in my backyard sports court. (My wife, Frankie, is making commentary)We're roughly the same age. He was born in 1961, and I was born in 1960. He played high school basketball, and so did  I. Clearly, even then, I had better legs: … [Read more...]

The day I met Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013), and the note she penned to me.

On March 30, 2013, Edith Schaeffer died at the age of 98. Born on November 3, 1914, she was the widow of Francis A. Schaeffer.  (November 3 is my birthday as well).  In my book, Return to Rome: Confession of An Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009), I tell of my encounter with Mrs. Schaeffer at a bookstore in New York City on April 29, 1986, when I was 25 years old:During my second year in New York City I had the opportunity to meet Edith Schaeffer, the widow of the Presbyterian the … [Read more...]

Sic ‘em Francis: Baylor Student’s Papal Translation Project

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One of our most gifted students at Baylor University, Emily Edmondson, has created a new blog, "The Papal Translation Project."  Emily, who is bilingual, has taken it upon herself to publish some of Pope Francis' works, including some of his homilies as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Monsignor Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J. Emily translated four of the six she has published so far.  You can find them all here. Emily also helps direct the RCIA class at St. Peter's Catholic Student Center at Baylor Un … [Read more...]

Alexander Pruss’ One Body: An Essay on Christian Sexual Ethics – 30% off

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My esteemed colleague, Alexander Pruss, late last year published the book, One Body: An Essay on Christian Sexual Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). I selected it as one of the best books I read in 2012.  If you have been looking for a philosophically sophisticated, though clearly written, presentation of Christian sexual ethics by a leading scholar in the field, one that has distinguished himself in the wider academic world, this is the book for you.Thus, I am delighted to draw … [Read more...]

On Confirmation: A Letter to Darby Beckwith

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. This is how it is introduced: What follows is a letter from the author to his 16-year-old niece Darby Beckwith. She recently asked him to be her Confirmation sponsor. In his book, Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic, he tells the story of when 8-year-old Darby called him in 2005 and asked why he and his wife, Frankie, were not Catholic. Two years later Darby’s aunt and uncle were received into the Catholic Ch … [Read more...]

Habemus Papam Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)

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Habemus Papam Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Pope Paul VI)

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Habemus Papam Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (Pope Pius XII)

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Habemus Papam Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII)

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