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For those fellow Catholics and those that are interested, the French Bishops have called for a day of fasting to remember Fr. Jacques Hamel.  http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/french-announce-day-of-fasting-following-french-priests-death More

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To kill a priest who is saying Mass is therefore an act of unique desecration. You do not need to be a believer to grasp this point. Enemies of the church have understood it since the beginning: an early pope, St Sixtus, was beheaded during Mass in 258 ad by agents of the Emperor Valerian. […]

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Earlier this week, Bishop Robert Barron wrote a short essay MV5BOTEzNzI3MDc0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzk1MzA5NzE@._V1_about the History Channel’s drama series Vikings, arguing that it’s the most explicitly religious show he can remember watching. On this advice, my husband and I watched the first episode last night and our 14-year-old son was immediately sucked in. His parting words for the night were “Don’t watch it without me!” (The 19-year-old came home in the middle of it and, scandalized, asked why we were letting him watch Game of Thrones? Um, no dear.) From a spoiler-free portion of the bishop’s piece:

[E]veryone in Vikings is religious: the Northmen (and women) themselves, the English, the French, and visitors from distant lands. To be sure, they are religious in very different ways, but there is no one who does not take with utter seriousness a connection to a higher, spiritual realm. Moreover, their spirituality is not an abstraction, but rather is regularly embodied in ritual, prayer, procession, liturgy, and mystical experience. The ubiquity and intensity of faith in these various peoples and tribes calls to mind philosopher Charles Taylor’s observation that, prior to 1500 or so, it was practically unthinkable not to be religious. That God exists, that spiritual powers impinge upon the world, that we live on after we die, that a higher authority judges our deeds—all of this was simply the default of the overwhelming majority of the human race prior to very recent times in certain pockets of Western civilization. Taylor speaks of the “buffered self” that has come to dominate today. He means the identity that is closed in upon itself, oblivious to a transcendent dimension, committed unquestioningly to a naturalist or materialist view of reality. I must confess that it was enormously refreshing to watch a program in which every single self was unbuffered!

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and David French of National Review enjoy the massive upheaval on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in the wake of the DNC email scandal. They also discuss the ISIS-inspired attack in France that killed an 84-year-old priest and consider whether ISIS is pursuing a strategy similar to the Palestinian Intifada. And they wonder what young Sanders supporters will do now that their hero has been defeated and discuss the recent phenomenon of politicians being seen as messiahs by their followers.

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shutterstock_310072547I’m planning my school year, making out the calendar for the English 101 class I teach that begins on August 8. One of my favorite activities for Fridays is a brief “on the fly” essay over an important topic. Each year, I shake it up a bit and have the kids write about current events or have them do several essays on a single, broad topic.

This year, I’ve decided to pose eighteen Big Questions™. These are existential queries that any serious person should ask himself, as they help define who we are and frame our life experiences. Are people born good? Is there a just and loving God? Etc.

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Richard Epstein looks at a controversial judicial ruling in Mississippi limiting conscience protections for religious individuals on LGBT issues.

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During this election season I’ve heard more than ever the argument, “We’re electing a President, not a pastor.” Ours is a nation founded upon the idea of religious liberty; it is the duty of the President of the United States to defend the liberties of people of all faiths and those without any faith at […]

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No life lacks meaning. No person, however young, dies without touching and moving others. In the Jewish and Christian traditions, this is taught explicitly, with the idea of a soul having a mission to complete (roughly, the Jewish idea) or a Divine plan (broadly speaking, the Christian perspective).

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Religious LibertyLast month, Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the Northern District of Mississippi handed down an extraordinarily misguided decision in Barber v. Bryant by issuing a preliminary injunction against House Bill 1523, Mississippi’s newly passed religious liberty law, just minutes before it was to go into effect. The court found that House Bill 1523 likely denied the plaintiffs—a diverse group of supporters of same-sex marriage—their rights under Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, and, furthermore, established preferred religious beliefs, violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Phil Bryant, the governor of Mississippi, has filed papers in the Court of Appeals to dissolve that temporary injunction. State Attorney General Jim Hood has declined to join in that defense of the Mississippi law. As someone who gave some brief advice and encouragement to Mississippi’s appellate lawyers, I think that their motion should be granted, given the major points of principle that it raises.

To put matters in context, HB 1523 was the latest effort to provide explicit protection of religious liberty and moral conscience for those individuals who are opposed to same-sex marriage. At no point does the legislation limit the right of any person to participate in a same-sex marriage, which would be an obvious nonstarter given Obergefell v. Hodges, a highly dubious Supreme Court decision, which held that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed that right to all persons. House Bill 1523 does not seek to dislodge or compromise that decision. Indeed, it would have been dead on arrival if it had attempted any such maneuver. But as is often the case, no one quite understands the scope of a particular constitutional right until its correlative duties are accurately specified.

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Gabi Dawd, 23, who has a Jesus tattoo on his left arm, said, “I first fought alongside Kurdish comrades in the ranks of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) before joining the Sutoro. If you put yourself in our place as Kurds and Christians then you would understand why we are fighting for our rights. The […]

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Ottawa police are investigating an early Monday morning stabbing on Slater Street that sent one man to hospital. Officers said they were called to a bar on Slater Street between Bank and O’Connor streets at 2:45 a.m. More

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An axe-wielding Afghan teenager attacked passengers on a train in Germany on Monday night, leaving three seriously injured, in what was described by officials as a “probable” Islamist attack. Police shot dead the suspect, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee, as he attempted to flee the scene. The assault in Wurzburg was the latest suspected terror attack […]

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The Challenge: 10 cents has offered a challenge. This is an entry in completing my goal. The Background: I belong to a Unity Church. Unity was originally formed as a publishing company, Unity Tract Society, and publishing magazines and books has long been a large part of what Unity does. One of its long-time staple […]

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The Challenge: 10 cents has offered a challenge. This is an entry in completing my goal. The Background: I belong to a Unity Church. Unity was originally formed as a publishing company, Unity Tract Society, and publishing magazines and books has long been a large part of what Unity does. One of its long-time staple […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review credit Republicans on the special Benghazi committee for uncovering the truth about Benghazi. They are disgusted by the Supreme Court refusing to hear a challenge to a Washington State law mandating all pharmacies to sell abortion inducing drugs. They review the terrible policies in the new Democratic Party platform.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review have mixed feelings on Marco Rubio deciding to run for his Senate seat again but agree that he gives Republicans the best chance to hold the seat. They also slam Attorney General Loretta Lynch for claiming she still doesn’t know the motive behind the Orlando attack, for admitting she doesn’t know where the terrorist’s wife is, and for saying America should respond to terrorism with love and compassion. And they shake their heads as Donald Trump has evangelical leaders swooning and even has one posing in front of the cover of his Playboy interview.

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This 2004 novel is a sequel to the author’s 2001 novel, God’s Debris. In that work, which I considered profound and made my hair stand on end on several occasions, a package delivery man happens to encounter the smartest man in the world and finds his own view of the universe and his place in […]

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