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eNewsletter Subject: Condemning the Church for Fidelity

Over the past few days, several newsworthy figures have condemned the Catholic Church for refusing to change her moral teachings with the times. It seems these folks are sure the Church will remain irrelevant until she gets with it. See my latest On the Culture: San Francisco, London, Ephesus, and Catholic Relevance.

These moral teachings are also at the heart of the contemporary debate over religious liberty. Various politicians and judges are wrestling with how far they should go to accommodate what we might call the peculiarities of religious sentiments. But they've got the fundamental question all wrong. See this week's In Depth Analysis: Government and the Limits of Human Law.

Phil Lawler, who has been away from his desk for a few days, was curious about how some of these questions were resolved in Europe two generations ago, during World War II and its aftermath. In the process, he discovered an interesting biography of a Catholic political leader. See his review: A new light on the legacy of Charles de Gaulle.

Pope Benedict, as most readers know, believed it very important to support all those who suffer under a different set of moral distortions in the Middle East. Here are the Pope's reflections on his recent Apostolic Journey to Lebanon....

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