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We’re all becoming Platonists now – and that’s not good

One of the most fundamental divides in the history of philosophy is that between a more Platonic approach and a more Aristotelian approach. Plato, of course, saw the universal or […]

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When are you really dead? 

In 1968 a consensus opinion paper was published called “A Definition of Irreversible Coma.” The purpose of the paper was to define death by neurological criteria. It came to be […]

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If we follow Jesus to Calvary, eternal life awaits us

Fifth Sunday Of Lent John 12:20-33 The Book of Jeremiah is the source of this Lenten weekend’s first Scriptural reading. Jeremiah ranks among the greatest of the ancient Hebrew prophets. […]

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How badly do we want to return?

What if you were a Catholic who had not seen a priest in 60 years? What if you had not seen a priest in one year? Jesuit Father Anthony Corcoran […]

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Intolerant relativism

Once upon a time, many people assumed that dogma, especially religious dogma, was the enemy of freedom and friendship. If only we relaxed and let each person live by his […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Joy and eternal life are found through Jesus

Fourth Sunday of Lent John 3:14-21 This weekend the Church celebrates “Laetare Sunday,” the name drawn from what is the first word in Latin of the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice!” Lent […]

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I will go, Lord

In my early 20s one my favorite country songs was Josh Turners’ “Would you go with me?” Images of following one’s spouse to the ends of the earth, the total […]

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Five lessons learned from a year of pandemic

How has it been a year? On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, saying it was “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and […]

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‘Wokeism’ in France: the chickens come home to roost

I will confess that one of the biggest laughs I’ve had in the last several months was occasioned by a recent article in The New York Times by Norimitsu Onishi. In […]

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The Ten Commandments: God’s pattern for our lives

Third Sunday of Lent John 2:13-25  The Book of Exodus is the source of the first biblical reading this weekend. This book is about the Hebrew people, enslaved and dreadfully […]

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Them’s fighting words!

When Father Angelo Bianchi, a wonderful Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions missionary, married my wife and me, he gave us some bad advice. Oh, it sounded good at the time. […]

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The resurrection of the body

Our students are back on campus, and it has been a breath of fresh air. We asked them to quarantine for the first two weeks of the semester, since they […]