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February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019
Every theology enthusiast – I would never use the term dork – has, at some point, identified himself with one of two factions: the Thomistic Aristotelians or the Augustinian Platonists. Granted, the whole debate is kind of dumb. Reading Aquinas’s commentary on Boethius, one realizes pretty quickly that the Angelic Doctor himself is as much an Augustinian
February 12, 2019
In an effort to encourage Hungarians to have more babies, the prime minister of the country has announced that women with four children or more will be exempt from paying income tax for life. In a speech over the weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orban also promised to reduce mortgage payments for those with children, offer
February 12, 2019
People have become unwittingly reliant on modern slavery for cheap goods and illicit pleasures, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said. Warning of a return to slave-driven economies, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster said slavery was again becoming “one of the most profitable criminal activities in the world.” He said that although it was an evil comparable in
February 12, 2019
The Archdiocese of New York has said it had only recently learned of an allegation that the deeply influential Cardinal Francis Spellman groped a visiting West Point cadet in the 1960s, but says it will take the accusation seriously and has invited the accuser to contact the archdiocese. “This is the first time we have
February 12, 2019
Over the past nine years, 152 priests in Mexico have been removed from ministry for sexual abuse of youth or vulnerable adults, the president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference said on Sunday. At a 10 press conference on February 10, Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera of Monterrey said that some of the 152 “because of the magnitude
February 12, 2019
The Vatican Secretariat of State received on Monday a delegation from Venezuela affiliated with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the United States and a dozen other countries as the country’s interim president. In the meeting, the Vatican’s “grave concern was underlined that a just and peaceful solution be urgently sought to
February 12, 2019
The Vatican has received a Venezuelan delegation affiliated with self-declared president Juan Guaidó. Archbishop Eamon Martin will call for a national safeguarding body in “every single country of the world” at this month’s Rome summit. A Ugandan minister has said that Pope Francis will visit the country in July. Safeguarding expert Fr Hans Zollner suggests
February 12, 2019
The “great and illustrious Ashurbanipal” is mentioned in the Bible, in Ezra 4:10 – and there was good reason for him calling himself “king of the world”. From his splendid palace at Nineveh, his rule over Assyria from 669 to c. 631 BC was the highest point of the Assyrian empire, which stretched from the
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