‘Idea laundering’ in academia — How nonsensical jargon like ‘intersectionality’ and ‘cisgender’ is imbued with an air of false authority…

You’ve almost certainly heard some of the following terms: cisgender, fat shaming, heteronormativity, intersectionality, patriarchy, rape culture and whiteness. The reason you’ve heard them is that politically engaged academicians have been developing concepts like these for more than 30 years, and all that time they’ve been percolating. Only recently have they begun to emerge in mainstream culture…

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Until relatively recently in history — whether in ancient Rome, Asia or Christendom — about half of all humans died as children …

Many researchers have independently studied mortality rates for children in the past: in different societies, locations, and historical periods. The average across a large number of historical studies suggests that in the past around one-quarter of infants died in their first year of life and around half of all children died before they reached the end of puberty.

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What does it mean to trust in God?

We are often told to trust in God, and many of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to do so. But what does that mean? In some cases, when people give this counsel they mean this: Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what want. God will come around to your way of thinking at some point. Hang in there and wait for God to answer (your way). He’ll take care of things (in a way that pleases you). This is not trust.

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The heart lacking in self-knowledge is an aching vacuum, vulnerable to all kinds of deception…..

To form a missionary disciple, the first task is to accompany him as he journeys to the truth in his humanity. When the Word became flesh, he constituted all that is good, noble and true about humanity as the pathway to the Father. Coming into maturity is part of this pathway. This means that a missionary disciple needs to be accompanied into facing difficult personal challenges inherent to natural maturation…

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Polish General Kościuszko, great American revolutionary…

This 4th of July it seems appropriate to look at one of the great contributors to American Independence. Polish-born General Tadeusz Kościuszko is no stranger to history buffs, but to many Americans today his contribution to our freedom is little known. Monuments to his service to America dot the country. There is a statue of him in Washington, D.C. in Lafayette Park in front of the White House…

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Why did the Pope skip over his prepared remarks on Hong Kong on Sunday? Was it deference to China or a deft diplomatic move?

Reporters covering the Vatican find ourselves in a frustrating bind right now, because we’ve got news we can’t fully report — in part because we’re bound by journalistic ethics, and in part because we don’t know ourselves what happened. That vacuum hasn’t stopped the left v. right ideological sausage grinders from swinging into action anyway, running the risk of making it less likely we’ll ever get the full story.

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Pope drops Hong Kong reference from Sunday Angelus address…

Pope Francis dropped a reference to Hong Kong, and a plea for religious freedom there, from the text of his message at his Sunday public audience on July 5. In a text that had been given to Vatican journalists before the Angelus audience, the Pope was to devote a few sentences to rising tensions in Hong Kong, as China imposes harsh new security measures, cracking down on dissidents. But shortly before the papal audience, journalists were advised that the Pope would not deliver those remarks on the situation in Hong Kong. The Vatican gave no explanation for the last-minute change.

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