Indeed, what difference does it make?

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Former Secretary Clinton notoriously asked "What difference at this point does it make?" regarding the motivation of the terrorists who attacked the American embassy in Benghazi. Laying aside the issue of why motivation is, generally speaking, important, we can ask ourselves whether our system has shifted so far out of balance that the question of what has motivated our politicians to make destructive choices for so long may soon become irrelevant.

On the insufficiency of "trickle down".

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I highly recommend this article on WDTPRS about Pope Francis' comments on the insufficiency of "trickle down" economics.

I'd also like to add my own two cents worth, particularly inspired from the March 5 reading from the Gospel of Luke: the parable of the rich man and Lazarus…

Scientism, Fideism and the Breakdown of Society

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Morals are inextricably connected to faith and world view. To think otherwise is to not understand what any of the three is actually about. To pretend otherwise is to be intolerant of other's views. One of the fundamental problems society has today is not that there are gays, lesbians, etc., or that there are socialists, communists or jingoists in our midst. The problem is that we seem unable to recognize the moral boundaries we all live by or the compromises that will enable us to live in peace.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for March, 2015

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VATICAN CITY, 1 March 2015 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for March is: "That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person".

His intention for evangelization is: "That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognised always".

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Teresa Tomeo on "Fifty Shades of Grey"

EWTN contributor Teresa Tomeo was interviewed by Catholic World Report on the issues with the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey." See "'Fifty Shades...' and the Sexual Objectification of Women".

A lady, a stream and a chapel

Excerpt, with commentary, from the optional second reading [Office of Readings] for today, taken from a letter composed by St. Bernadette.

The President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

The President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast (see the transcript) has been badly characterized in the media. Nowhere, for example, will you find the ringing phrase "violence rooted in religion". Even though the President did see fit to remind us that "during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ" his sin may have been rather a matter of omission than commission.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for February, 2015

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VATICAN CITY, 30 January 2015 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February is: "That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity".

His intention for evangelization is: "That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community".

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for January, 2015

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VATICAN CITY, 30 December 2014 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for January is: "That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace".

His intention for evangelization is: "That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal".

FRANCIS-PRAYER INTENTIONS/VIS 20141230 (70)
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