One of my forebears was at the Scopes Monkey Trial. He may have been wrong about faith and science, but his courageous conviction was refreshing …

Nearly 100 years ago my great-great grandfather, T.T. Martin, descended upon Dayton, Tennessee, in the heat of July. Typically, his evangelical fame would have been enough to draw crowds in any Southern town he may have visited, but in this particular case, he was following the crowd. They needed his perspective…

Praise the Lord

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You have a soul. Let me tell you 3 ways we know that’s true, and why it matters so much…..

If you don’t have a soul then you’re just matter, and at the end of the day, you don’t matter. In fact, the only real difference ontologically between you and this brick if you don’t have a soul is that this brick doesn’t go through its life under the delusion that it matters and that it’s made for something more.

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A new bishop in Hong Kong, the investigation in Knoxville, and ‘St. Deo Gratias’…

Debate over pro-choice Catholic politicians and Holy Communion is ramping up as the U.S. bishops prepare for the June meeting of the USCCB. A letter last week from the Cardinal Luis Ladaria has piqued public curiosity about that debate. So to help you see the state of the question, we’ve begun compiling all the recent public episcopal statements on the question we can find.

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I’m a trauma surgeon in Israel. In my hospital, we are in this together — Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and others…

Late in the evening on Tuesday, I was working in my office in Wolfson Medical Center, the hospital where I am the director of trauma surgery. The sun had set and suddenly the sirens started blaring from every corner of Tel Aviv, warning of rockets headed our way.

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‘Into the Deepak’: Vatican conference gives forum to Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Oz and Deepak Chopra…

The coordinated protest by priests in Germany last Monday, offering a “blessing for lovers,” which explicitly included same-sex couples, is just the latest indication that a sizable portion of Germany clergy, including bishops, is quite content to ignore directions from Rome. Pope Francis has indicted plainly himself, and repeatedly through various Curial congregations…

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Senator Tim Kaine’s unhappy debut as a theologian…

So now the American bishops face a tough decision: On the question of whether pro-abortion politicians should receive the Eucharist, should they follow the advice of Senator Kaine, or that of St. Paul, who wrote (1 Cor 11:27): “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the Body and Blood of the Lord”

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