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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on December 7, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: Facing Problems Head On

Throughout the Church there seems to be a growing willingness to face errors honestly, and to face them directly. For example, Pope Benedict spoke point blank today against two common errors held by secularists in both the Church and the world: Pope's head-on response to critics of Church teachings.

Many bishops have also become more deeply spiritual and forthright. For example, the US bishops have announced a prayer campaign for religious liberty, life, and marriage, while encouraging fast and abstinence on all Fridays. If this gathers any steam at all, it may well become a real discipline again.

I believe something similar may be said about the USCCB's decision, paradoxically, not to release a new document on the economy. See my latest On the Culture essay, Economics: The American Church Matures in Christ.

Meanwhile, the world seldom faces errors honestly, spiritually and forthrightly. A stellar case in point is Ireland's new push for abortion. See Phil Lawler's stinging On the News analysis: In Ireland, the case for legal abortion is built on fraud....

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