Foeticide??

Here’s an article from the BBC about abortion. Indian culture prizes boys more than girls, and with expensive dowries to pay Indian couples regard too many baby girls as a disadvantage. With pre natal scanning they are choosing to abort their daughters—simply because they are female. What is interesting about this report is that the [Read More...]

Providence

One of the marks of genius in Lord of the Rings is the way Tolkien builds suspense and the sense of uncertainty, fear and danger as the quest progresses. And yet within the confusion fear and setback there is woven a thread of some deeper meaning. Characters appear to assist or save the hero, but [Read More...]

Spe Salvi

Read the text of Pope Benedict’s new encyclical here. For non-Catholic readers, a pope’s encyclical is a pastoral letter through which he teaches the faithful, corrects error and guides the church. If you are a non-Catholic reader of this blog, follow the link and read the encyclical. It would be great to have your comments [Read More...]

Beauty, Truth and Goodness

For Advent and Lent I return to my favorites for reading. Advent: Lord of the Rings. Lent: Divine Comedy. For those who are interested, here beginneth a little series of reflections on the tale. Starting with Fellowship of the Ring, I am struck once again with the simple radiance and goodness of the text. Where [Read More...]

Andrew

St Andrew is my favorite apostle. Here’s why: I love the story of him at the feeding of the 5000. The disciples are disturbed by the hungry crowd and ask Jesus to do something about it. He tells them to do something about it. They grumble that there’s not enough money to buy food for [Read More...]

Christus Rex

I can remember being rather irritated once to hear an earnest Anglican clergyman refer to ‘the commonwealth of God’ in a sermon. He had clearly changed the language because he thought all this talk of ‘kings and kingdoms’ was not really terribly politically correct. Afterwards I raised the subject with him. He explained that Jesus [Read More...]


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