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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on August 22, 2014.

eNewsletter Subject: Difficult Decisions in the Real World

This week Pope Francis continued to wrestle with the best course to encourage in Iraq. Phil Lawler analyzes the Pope's position in his latest On the News: In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action.

For my part, I again look at the challenges of Catholic social teaching. The principles are clear enough, but even Church leaders frequently advocate high sounding policies which simply do not work. See The Problem with Catholic Social teaching.

Now, is there some very good news to report? Phil Lawler has noticed something and wonders whether you have as well. See An unexpected surge in confessions?

Looking back in time, did you know that yesterday was the centenary of the death of Pope St. Pius X? He was noted for his concern for the renewal of the liturgy and of sacred music. Jennifer Gregory offers both insights and resources in St. Pius X: Restoring All Things in Christ....

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