The Preferential Option for the Poor

Source: First Things Catholic writer R.R. Reno explains why he became a social conservative. Catholic social teaching has always stressed a "preferential option for the poor" which certainly conforms to Orthodox moral teaching particularly in reference to Matthew 25. Where it gets hazy however is when we discuss how policy should be crafted that meets this obligation. Some Catholics, … [Read more...]

48.1% In Greece Do Not Believe in the Resurrection

HT: Mystagogy According to a poll done by Κάπα Research published in the Sunday Vema, essential Orthodox teachings like the resurrection of Christ are being abandoned.When asked "Do you believe in the resurrection of the dead?" there appears to be a drop of 10 points since the 2008 poll. 51.3% stated 'yes' and 'probably yes' then, while 41.8% answered to the same thing this year, with 26.5% … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble. Judgment Day: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

Source: Huffington Post |Fr. Peter-Michael Preble Several years ago I was driving behind a vehicle on the highway and I noticed the bumper sticker on the back. It was kind of funny and I will admit I laughed out loud. The bumper sticker read, "In case of Rapture this vehicle will be left unattended." OK, I thought it was kind of cute. But how accurate is this bumper sticker? I will state … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith: Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Politics, and the Rule of Law

Source: First Things The Center for Bioethics and Culture asked me to expand upon comments I have made here noting that the politics of ESCR seem to have the power to supersede the rule of law. Not being the shy and retiring type, I immediately agreed.  The result is now out.  From “Embryonic Stem Cell Research Versus the Rule of Law:” First, let’s consider an … [Read more...]

Egypt: Why Are the Churches Burning?

Source: New York Review of Books p>On a recent afternoon this month, in a busy downtown Cairo street, armed men exchanged gunfire, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, and freely wielded knives in broad daylight. The two-hour fight, which began as an attempt by some shop-owners to extort the customers of others, left eighty-nine wounded and many stores destroyed. In the new Egypt, incidents like … [Read more...]

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