Donum Vitae II?

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 15:28
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According to the Catholic News Service Blog, a new document, to be published December 12th, is being issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. See "Bioethics document coming in December." The new document will treat problems that have arisen since Donum Vitae was issued in 1987. It is unlikely any new ethical principles will be developed, since the new problems are easily addressed by prior developments in Natural Law ethics.

A Paleo-Catholic's Advent Hymn

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 15:17
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Pat Buchanan's brand of conservatism is usually branded with the prefix "Paleo," in honor of the "Paleolithic Age," which began when our ancestors first developed stone tools, and ended, about 10,000 year ago, when human beings invented agriculture. Although the political spectrum was not invented until quite recently in human evolutionary terms, the "Paleo" prefix serves to indicate the attitude the so-called new, or Neoconservatives have toward their predecessors.

Tough questions for followers of Islam

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 13:55
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In "Adult Interreligious Dialogue", George Weigel records questions presented by Fr. Christian Troll (I didn't make this up. Troll is a good German name, and Christian is a good Christian name.), S.J., at Cambridge University. According to Weigel, Fr. Troll "is one of the Catholic Church's leading students of Islam and a key figure in the Catholic-Islamic dialogue launched by Pope Benedict XVI's September 2006 Regensburg Lecture." In case you've forgotten about the Regensburg Lecture, that's the one the mass media quoted out of context, stirring up a veritable conflagration of world Islamist reaction against the Pope for supposed intolerance of Islam. The media played them like a fiddle. It took more than a year to reopen dialog.

Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for December

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 12:40
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VATICAN CITY, 1 DEC 2008 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for December is: "That, faced by the growing expansion of the culture of violence and death, the Church may courageously promote the culture of life through all her apostolic and missionary activities".

His mission intention is: "That, especially in mission countries, Christians may show through gestures of brotherliness that the Child born in the grotto in Bethlehem is the luminous Hope of the world".

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"Ploy Meets Girl"

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/01/2008 - 10:56
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Such is the title of a review by Nathaniel Peters for Touchstone Magazine on the topic of today's hookup culture. It's pretty frightening to see what has happened to today's youth, especially on our college campuses. If our country survives such social degeneracy, it will be a miracle. See "Ploy Meets Girl."