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Roe v. Wade and the damage done by abortion Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes

In his speech to Catholic health care professionals and gynecologists on September 20, 2013, Pope Francis said, "Every child who is condemned unjustly to being aborted bears the face of Christ, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world's rejection.

"And every elderly person, even if he is ill or near death, bears the face of Christ." Like unborn babies, they too cannot be discarded, as the "culture of waste" may suggest!

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Foiling Spinoza as path to evangelization Print E-mail
Word on Fire

During this Christmas holiday, I've been reading Anthony Gottlieb's breezy and enjoyable history of modern philosophy, entitled The Dream of Enlightenment.

Throughout his treatment of such figures as Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Voltaire, Gottlieb reveals his own rather strong bias in favor of the rationalism and anti-supernaturalism advocated by these avatars of modern thought.

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Christmas: The gift of tender particularity Print E-mail
From the Diocesan Administrator
From the Diocesan Administrator column

Following is the homily at the Cathedral Parish of St. Raphael in Madison given at Christmas Midnight Mass by Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator.

There is often an accusation made against Christianity that is called the "Scandal of Particularity". In its essence, it emphasizes the difficulty of believing a single man (Jesus) could be the Savior of all mankind and the only way to the Father.

It argues that it is "unreasonable" or "fanciful" to believe in this salvific universality of Jesus Christ. After all, he was born in Bethlehem, during a census by Caesar Augustus, under the governorship of Quirinius, and raised in Nazareth? How could the Savior of the whole world, including Rome, Greece, Persia, and Africa, and for all time, be from little Bethlehem?

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