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Happy Feast of St. Augustine


Today is the Feast of St. Augustine. Apart from the writers of the books of Scripture, no single person has had a great impact on the development of doctrine in the Latin Church than Augustine. As a theologian, only Aquinas really warrants a mention in the same breath, and for all the differences in their method, recent Thomist scholars have drawn out the many ways that Aquinas depended upon Augustine, or at least was swimming in the wake he created. Augustine was a giant and anyone who writes about religion today knows that, compared to the great Bishop of Hippo, we are pygmies.

Run, Joe, Run!


Run, Joe, run!

The political world knows that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination. No one knows which way he is leaning. But, even the exercise in speculation has had a tonic effect on Democratic Party thinking.

How Pope Francis Challenges the Catholic Right


Yesterday, I looked at three ways that Pope Francis challenges the Catholic Left. Today, I would like to examine three ways he challenges the Catholic Right. Both commentaries are undertaken with a view towards the Holy Father’s upcoming visit and, so, focus on the situation of the Church and socio-political reality in the United States.

We saw, yesterday, a criticism of the left that the Holy Father delivered in his closing address to the synod last year. The first item on his list of problems, however, pertained to the right. He said he detected in the synod discussions:


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September 25-October 8, 2015


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