“Truth Eventually Wins Out,” Which Is Why Franciscan Needs to Reconsider Hayden’s Honorary Degree

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“Truth eventually wins out; facts are stubborn things.”  These were the words of General Michael Hayden when he gave the commencement speech at Franciscan University of Steubenville on May 12, 2012.  He continued: “stand your ground, don't forget the moral compass you have been given here at Franciscan University.”As a proud graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, I echo his sentiments.  The truth does eventually win out, and I was given a firm moral compass, a commitment to the tr … [Read more...]

In the Kingdom of the Enemy: Reading the Torture Report

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It’s been a struggle to figure out what is most disturbing in the executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s “detention and interrogation” — i.e., torture — program, but I got the list down to a top six:The sheer brutality of some of the “enhanced interrogation techniques;” The fact that the torture was mostly useless, if not actually counterproductive; The fact that we’re discussing torture and effectiveness as if utility could justify brutali … [Read more...]

On Not Bumping Into the Furniture: The Immaculate Conception and Cooperation with Grace

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The late great Avery Cardinal Dulles is reported by Schuyler Brown, a former student of his, to have once declared the doctrine of original sin “closed for repairs,” and there seem to be a whole lot of good reasons for that.  The doctrine of original sin has been attacked over the past couple centuries for a variety of reasons, too numerous to get into.  What matters is that the result has been a total obfuscation of the meaning of the doctrine itself.  I would not be surprised if most Cathol … [Read more...]

Between #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter: Being Called to Conversion

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Earlier today, we posted an image applying a quote from Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium to the current discussion about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter: there cannot be peace unless we're all in it together. pic.twitter.com/2731vVWNPi— The Jesuit Post (@TheJesuitPost) December 5, 2014We got some replies that suggested a better hashtag would have been #AllLivesMatter. If you search that hashtag, you’ll find that there are … [Read more...]

Some Catholics

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Some Catholics are the priest on the south side of Chicago who went up to a crack house at midnight, knocked on the door and told the people inside to shut it down and leave his parish. Some Catholics are the military couple who recently ushered their seven sons and daughters into the middle of a bright cafeteria of retired missionaries and cued them to sing for the old men. Some Catholics are the spiritually obstructed man who was advised by a priest to stop wringing his hands in agitation … [Read more...]

Physicist Stephen Barr discusses faith and science

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Dr. Stephen M. Barr, professor of physics at the University of Delaware, recently shared his thoughts with me on why science and the Catholic faith are "profoundly in harmony." His insights on the big bang and theory of evolution are worth reading. In our America magazine interview, he shared the following hope for his readers: I hope they come away with the realization that the church has never been an enemy of science, but rather a great patron and friend of science, and that scientific … [Read more...]


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