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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on October 16, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: Deteriorating Government, Increasing Faith

During the American Presidential campaign, there is renewed focus here on the deterioration of government toward the dictatorship of relativism which Pope Benedict has identified as plaguing the West. I comment on a fundamental contemporary American shift in Coercion vs. Tolerance: The Real Crisis of Public life.

At the same time, some Catholics who are badly infected with secularism continue to defend the indefensible. Phil Lawler provides a case in point, and a clear rebuttal, in Abortion isn't the only issue: the argument for moral equivalence. See also Phil's brief comments on Joseph Biden's Vice Presidential position on abortion in I won't force your conscience.

On a more positive note, the Year of Faith continues. To coincide with its opening, Pope Benedict has offered his own remembrance of the Second Vatican Council, the work of which is to be studied and renewed by the whole Church this year: Reflections of His Holiness Benedict XVI on the 50th Anniversary of Vatican Council II.

At the same time, the Synod on the New Evangelization is unfolding. We now have the complete text of the remarks of the Synod's relator, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, which are supposed to guide the deliberations: New Evangelization is the Re-Introduction, the Re-Proposing, of Christ....

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