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Catholic Talk Blog: "Just War Theory" Refresher

Last edited 24th August 2014

Many Catholics are asking about how we should respond to what is going on in Iraq. Specifically, whether we were required to “turn the other cheek” or if we could be advocating military action – even strong military action – against the IS terrorists.

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Why is it More Rational to Believe the Universe Created Itself than to Believe God Created the Universe?

Last edited 17th June 2014

Radical atheists love to ridicule believers. They mock our “talking snake” in Genesis but really show their own lack of sophistication in understanding the nature of allegory or symbol in human language. And why do they think is it more rational to believe the universe created itself than to believe God created the universe?

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Scott Hahn Explores Power of Saints, Angels in Modern Life

Last edited 28th May 2014

Noted Catholic convert and author Dr. Scott Hahn published a new book May 27 exploring the biblical roots and modern-day interventions of the angels and saints. Hahn told CNA in a recent interview that his improved relationships with several saints inspired him to write the new book, titled “Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones”.

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Big Ideas with Professor Hayden Ramsay

Last edited 29th April 2014

What are the big ideas that face the Catholic Church? How can young people engage with our modern Church? Where can we start when searching for the truth? Is there any hope for people who believe in God? In this interview with Xt3.com, Professor Hayden Ramsay shares an insight into the big ideas facing the modern Catholic Church, and challenges us during these last days of Lent to think about our intellect, and to stop and think about some of the big questions that face society today.

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Fr. Barron comments on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Last edited 26th March 2014

Seth McFarlane, who is a well known atheist, is the executive producer of a remake of "Cosmos". It is yet another series portraying religion as an enemy of science. As Fr. Robert Barron says, "here we go again". Watch this video for a review of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and get the facts rights about religion and science.

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Fr. Barron comments on Original Sin

Last edited 10th March 2014

The beginning of Lent is a time for a "spiritual spring clean", which sometimes means going back to the basics. So let's look at the story of creation, and the story of original sin. Why is this Scripture passage so important for Lent? Watch this reflection by Fr. Robert Barron for more.

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God's Law is Not "An Abstract Set of Rules" - It's Personal!

Last edited 10th March 2014

There is a danger when we speak of God’s Law, to consider it as we might any secular law. For example, we may well consider secular law merely to be some sort of impersonal code written by some nameless legislators or bureaucrats. We have not met them, we do not know them, or necessarily love or trust them. In effect, they are an abstraction in our mind called “the government” or “the man” or just “they,” as in, “They don’t want you to park here” or “They’ll fine you for that.”

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A Conversation about Atheism

Last edited 2nd April 2014

1 April has become known as "World Atheist Day" - so in today's feature, we are going to look at the meaning of atheism, arguments for and against the existence of God, and examine some of the reasoning of modern day "celebrity" atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Peter Singer.

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Fr. Barron comments on The Calling of the Disciples

Last edited 6th February 2014

Jesus said to Peter, "I will make you a fisher of men". What does this mean? We are ordered by an innate natural desire to seek truth - and we are called to share this truth with others, to "fish" people and guide them towards this truth. Fr. Barron comments on the calling of the disciples in this video.

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Apologetics: Is Purgatory in the Bible?

Last edited 30th January 2014

We'll begin by making clear just what we mean by "Purgatory." The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: All who die in God’s grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven (1030).

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