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Review: "The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes, Then and Now"

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. So, just in time, three professors at Creighton University – Michael Lawler, Todd Salzman and Ellen Burke-Sullivan – have produced a book that looks at this vital, and in some ways seminal, text from Vatican II. The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium te Spes Then and Now is an important book, and accessible for a general readership, but it is also an uneven book and one with an evident bias.

Obama Is Pitch Perfect at Summit on Extremism

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President Obama has long since stopped being a politician worthy of admiration. To take only the example of his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, Obama and his administration did a terrible job selling the proposals to the general public, stopped even trying to sell them after the law passed, and then botched the rollout. His relations with congressional leaders and world leaders, people upon whom he must rely if he is to be successful, have never been good because he has never invested the time needed in those relationships.

Evangelicals and Catholics (Angry) Together

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I almost feel sorry for the authors of a new manifesto from the conservative political group Evangelicals and Catholics Together. They could not have known that the very day they released their moralistic document asserting that same-sex marriage is a greater threat to the culture of marriage than is divorce, the pope would deliver a sermon that could not sound more different from their defensive cultural warrior text.

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