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[4 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]

I first met Fr. Andrew Greeley on a cold January day in Chicago in 1988. We were brought together by a mutual friend, Msgr. Bill Quinn, who had been a mentor to Greeley many years before and who had begun to play the same role in my life.

 
Andy walked into the restaurant wearing a beautiful parka with a great hood and carrying loads of his books, which he offered to me and Bill as gifts. I was twenty-eight at the time, and I will confess to being a little star-struck. …

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[12 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

Father Robert Barron will be corresponding from Rome on the Papal Conclave via Word on Fire and NBC.
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Today, Father Barron reports from the courtyard of the North American College in Rome, reflecting once again on the candidates for the papacy. Having spoken to Fr. Tom Rosica from Canada’s “Salt + Light” television network, EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, George Weigel, Fr. Raymond D’Souza from Canada, and others, Father Barron shares some of the conversation amidst the American circles in Rome.
Watch the video and view the day’s snapshots below.

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[12 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

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[3 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]

Last week, two prominent Catholic women — Kathleen Sebelius in an address to the graduates of Georgetown University’s public policy school, and Maureen Dowd in a column published in the New York Times — delivered strong statements about the Church’s role in civil society. Dowd’s column was more or less a screed, while Sebelius’s address was relatively measured in tone.

Yet both were marked by some pretty fundamental misunderstandings, which have, sadly, become widespread.
Echoing an army of commentators from the last fifty years, Dowd exults in James Joyce’s characterization of …

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[2 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

From the Washington Post
Over a period of about 15 years, in the 1990′s and early 2000′s, the German journalist Peter Seewald conducted a number of interviews with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then the prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The edited conversations appeared as two rather lengthy books, The Salt of the Earth and God and the World. Seewald’s pointed questions dealt with fundamental matters–God, creation, Incarnation, redemption, sin and grace–and Ratzinger’s answers–clear, succinct, illuminating–were marvels of the teacher’s art. Perhaps the most extraordinary fruit of these …

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[31 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

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[23 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Just last week I was in Toulouse France, filming for my ten part documentary on Catholicism. I will admit that I was in Toulouse for fairly personal reasons. In the Dominican church of the Jacobins, in a golden casket situated under a side altar, are the remains of my hero, St. Thomas Aquinas. I spent a good amount of time in silent prayer in front of Thomas’s coffin, thanking him for giving direction to my life. When I was a fourteen year old freshman at Fenwick High School, I was …

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[5 Jul 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

Last week, in a Wall Street Journal article, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss defended the view, shared by the atheists Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, that belief in an “activist god” is simply incompatible with modern science.  He cited the evolutionary biologist J.B. S. Haldane to the effect that science is, by necessity, an “atheistic discipline,” since it is coherent only on the assumption that no “god, angel, or devil will interfere with one’s experiments.”  Krauss pulls back a bit from this, specifying that the sciences might be compatible with “a vague …