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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on September 6, 2013.

eNewsletter Subject: Can the Pope Enjoy His Office?

There are many things here to enjoy. First, you'll recall how skillfully Phil Lawler recently answered Joseph Bottum's call for Catholics to drop their resistance to gay marriage (To defend marriage, the truth is enchanting enough). Now Phil makes fending off critics look effortless in today's essay, Inoffensive Catholicism: further thoughts on Bottum and the acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Also, I neglected to call your attention in Tuesday's message to the next chapter of Phil's book (When Faith Goes Viral), posted on Monday: Mother Angelica and the Founding of EWTN. By agreement with the publisher, these only stay on the site for a couple of weeks, so don't delay!

For my part, I've taken some time this week to explore the issue of pre-natal adoption, proposed as a way to save the lives of frozen embryos. Here it is: On Melting Snowflakes and Saving Babies: The State of the Question.

I've also done some serious reflection on what is necessary to overcome the effects of what we must rightly call the scandalous behavior of too many Catholics: The Brightness of the Church: Leaving No Part Dark....

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