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Why goodness depends on God

By Father Robert Barron

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality. Atheists and agnostics are extremely sensitive to the charge that the rejection of God automatically will lead to moral chaos. Consequently, they argue that a robust sense of ethics can be grounded in the consensus of the human community over time or in the intuitions and sensibilities of decent people, etc.

Obamacare and abortions

By Russell Shaw

Four years ago, when passage or defeat of the Affordable Care Act appeared to rest in the hands of a small group of pro-life House Democrats, President Obama won their support for the health care plan with an executive order promising elective abortion wouldn’t be part of the program. Skeptics said the order wouldn’t do the trick.

Don’t forget humility

By Denise Bossert

Never underestimate the Holy Spirit in revealing those things one needs to jettison. Recently, the Holy Spirit sat me down and had a come-to-Jesus chat with me.

Mindfulness and Christian meditation

By Father Thomas Ryan

Distraction is the pre-eminent condition of our age. We need to practice paying attention. Think of your attention as a muscle. As with any muscle, it makes sense to exercise it, and like any muscle, it will strengthen from that exercise.

The death of clericalism

By Russell Shaw

"The pope is the successor of Peter. The bishops are the successors of the college of the apostles. The priests share in that to a limited degree. And that's my summary of ecclesiology."

That's funny — as it happens, it's my summary of clericalism.

Aeneas or Jesus? A Christmas Question

By Father Robert Barron

Like many other students of Latin over the past two thousand years, I struggled as a young man to understand Virgil’s great epic poem “The Aeneid.” I have vivid memories of my wonderful Latin teacher, Fr. John Cerf, 80 at the time he taught me, eloquently holding forth on the splendid rhythms and cadences of the poem and trying, with only mild success, to get me to translate it into passable English.