December 18, 2014 12:34 PM The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? By Phil Lawler
Many readers continue to write with arguments against my condemnation of torture. I have already tried to answer the most common objections, so I will not belabor the matter. Let me just make one simple point: If torture is...
December 16, 2014 3:48 PM Policing, torture, reasons of State, and our Christian mistake By Dr. Jeff Mirus
Consider recent news. A generation or two ago, if I had described a government which jettisoned the natural law in favor of the desire for power, which tried to impose its vision of society through ever-increasing bureaucratic control,...
December 19, 2014 Federal debt as a social-justice concern By Phil Lawler
If the head of an ordinary household deliberately and continually spends much more than the family earns, we describe him as irresponsible—yes, and sinful. So Father Jerry Pokorsky asks why the same moral standards are not applied to...
December 19, 2014 Denial of Service Attack: Success!
For the usual survey of new material, see below. For drama, start here: Yesterday about 1:00 pm, CatholicCulture.org was subjected to a distributed denial of service attack. This means that many different computers were pointed at our...
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Advent: December 21st
"A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return" (Luke 19:12). This nobleman is Christ, the Son of God, King of all nations. His kingdom is over all men and over all things, both material and... More
Includes prayers, readings, family activities and recipes for the day.
December 19, 2014 The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Advent By Jennifer Gregory Miller
(With my apologies to the author Judith Viorst.) How does your Advent grow? How does mine grow? Thanks for asking. I'd say it isn't growing too much. Christmas still comes on the 25th, ready or not. And I'm not ready,...
December 06, 2014 Church Fathers: St. Ignatius of Antioch By Thomas Van
Tradition has it that the church at Antioch was founded by St. Peter himself, who served as its bishop for seven years before moving on to found the church at Rome. (Robert Spencer writes that “Gregory III Laham, the...