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  • April 9, 2014
    On April 1, a three-year-old boy drowned in Denton County in his family's backyard pool. Mom was watching him blow bubbles in the backyard through the kitchen window. Her phone rang and then a baby in the home began to cry. By the time she checked again on the toddler, he was face down in the pool. And he was gone.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    The Catholic Church began compiling “martyrologies”—lists of saints, typically martyrs—during the first centuries after Constantine. In the pre-Vatican II breviary, a reading from the Roman Martyrology, or what we might call the Catholic Book of Witnesses, was an integral part of the Office of Prime, the “hour” recited after sunrise.
  • February 27, 2014 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    CNN recently profiled the case of a woman named Marlise Muñoz, who was both pregnant and brain dead. Its report noted that Mrs. Muñoz was “33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child when her husband found her unconscious on their kitchen floor Nov. 26.
  • February 27, 2014 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    Two recent books suggest that, amidst challenges and problems, the pace of authentic Catholic renewal is accelerating in these United States.
  • January 31, 2014 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    In her still-widely-read 1971 article “A Defense of Abortion”, Judith Jarvis Thomson sets up a thought experiment known as “The Famous Violinist Problem” to argue that abortion ought to be morally justified when a pregnancy arises out of sexual assault.
  • January 31, 2014 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    Pope Francis has ignited a useful and necessary conversation about our responsibilities to the poorest of the poor—those who some may be tempted to write out of the script of history as hopeless cases.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Denise Bossert, Contributor
    One morning last spring, I caught my older daughter flipping through a diocesan newspaper while eating breakfast. I had to smile. On that particularly morning, she wasn’t officially Catholic. She entered the Church later that day at Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri. It was Pentecost Sunday and soon, my second child would be entering the faith I had chosen less than a decade earlier.
  • December 31, 2013 | by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Contributor
    At the beginning of December 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic hospitals, alleging that the Directives, with their prohibition against direct abortion, resulted in negligent care of a pregnant woman named Tamesha Means.
  • December 31, 2013 | by By George Weigel, Contributor
    An ancient Roman tradition has been resurrected, in Rome, by American Catholics who bring the vitality of the Church in the New World to the banks of the Tiber.