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  • Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey shows panorama of good will and charity

    Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey shows panorama of good will and charity

    With every image of benevolence from Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we’re being reminded of the choice we all have: To refuse darkness and to serve what is true, select what is good, and manifest what is beautiful about ourselves, our community, and about human nature in our world today.

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  • Princess Diana’s mercy restored the royals

    Princess Diana’s mercy restored the royals

    A sovereign can exercise their role, as the Queen and Prince Philip have traditionally done, in the Victorian manner: Stiffly and courteously, with good grace but shyly, shunning intimacy, putting the institution first. Or they can exercise them as Diana did, putting the institution at the service of the poor.

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  • Pope and Patriarch: A common declaration for a shared world

    Pope and Patriarch: A common declaration for a shared world

    Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have issued a joint statement to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Archdeacon John Chryssavgis, Bartholomew’s theological advisor on environmental issues, says the message comes at a time of global crisis and international instability.

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  • Drawing some spiritual lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’

    Drawing some spiritual lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’

    Christians are taught to see signs of God’s truth in creation, but what about “Game of Thrones”? Game of Thrones is what can happen when the thin veneer of civilization is removed. In short, it’s an experience of what being mugged by fallen reality looks like. It’s a reminder of what’s possible when we forget our higher natures.

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  • On liturgy, ignore the Ultramontanists of both left and right

    On liturgy, ignore the Ultramontanists of both left and right

    Pope Francis this week delivered an important address on liturgy, which was pounced on by the emerging Ultramontanists of the left — among other things, because it doesn’t cite Benedict XVI. But to see it through the lens of one’s political biases misses the real point, which is a call to discernment about how successful the liturgical reform actually has been.

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  • From a communications point of view, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a shipwreck

    From a communications point of view, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a shipwreck

    Good communicators not only deal with facts, they also deal with appearances. They predict confusing or negative perceptions and navigate around them. This hasn’t been the case with ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the document by Pope Francis on marriage and the family. The debate over a footnote means the rest of the positive and affirming message on Christian love and the sacrament of matrimony has been lost in the controversy.

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