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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Habemus Papam Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I)

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Habemus Papam Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

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Habemus Papam Carol Wojtyla (John Paul II)

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Conclave: The making of a pope

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Daily Conclave Report

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Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, the online magazine to which I contribute every two weeks, is publishing a Daily Conclave Report from Rome over at The Catholic Thing. Bob will also be offering commentary on EWTN. … [Read more...]

Benedict, Dawkins, and the Fullness of Reason

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here are some excerpts: Within hours of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he would resign the papacy, confirmation of the truth of those  theological insights [from his Regensberg address] came rushing through cyberspace in a variety of comments issued by the Holy Father’s most hostile critics. It would be a mistake to say that the irony was lost on these pundits, since the irony was never within their grasp to begin with … [Read more...]

New word: Posligence

The opposite of negligence. With negligence, someone acts in a way inconsistent with his duty and that results in a harm to another person that the actor did not intend. With posligence, someone acts in a way, consistent or inconsistent with his duty, that nevertheless results in a good to another person that the actor did not intend. An example:  Jones, while driving recklessly, crashed on the property of Smith. The crash causes Smith to attend to the accident, whereupon he finds a buried … [Read more...]

How Wide is the Human Community?: Why Roe v. Wade Was Wrongly Decided

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That is the title of a talk I am giving tomorrow at 7 pm in the Memorial Drawing Room (in the Memorial Residence Hall) on the campus of Baylor University. It is sponsored by Bears for Life. What follows is the poster for the event. … [Read more...]


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