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Court of the Gentiles: Benedict XVI Urges Believers and Nonbelievers to Dialogue

Last edited 30th March 2011

Benedict XVI concluded the meeting of the 'Court of the Gentiles' with a videoconference. The conference is being promoted by the Vatican to improve dialogue between believers and nonbelievers. The meeting took place in Paris. The pope addressed the thousands who were in attendance at the Notre Dame Cathedral, saying that God "is not a danger to society" but is "one of the great questions of our time."

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Cardinal Pell to Launch Groundbreaking Intellectual Journal

Last edited 28th March 2011

When the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell gives the inaugural "Bishops Speaking Out" address next week as part of a new series of lectures for the University of Notre Dame Australia's Centre for Faith, Ethics & Society, he will use the occasion to launch a groundbreaking new journal. Called Solidarity, the online journal is a first for Australia and one of the first of its kind worldwide.

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Abortion's Ethics - An Appeal to Reason

Last edited 21st March 2011

Defenders of the right to abortion often criticize pro-lifers for trying to impose their religious beliefs on others. While religion does provide cogent arguments in this debate it's far from the whole story, as a recent book establishes. Christopher Kaczor, in "The Ethics of Abortion: Women's Rights, Human Life and the Question of Justice," takes a philosophical look at abortion and explains why it is not ethically justifiable. Father John Flynn reviews Kaczor's book in this article.

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Personalism: A Response to Current Bioethics

Last edited 20th March 2011

Abortion, preimplantation diagnosis, and stem cell research are other problems that is facing bioethics today. Personalism answers these questions by putting the individual at the center of the discussion in all of its dimensions: physical, spiritual and transcendental. 

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Abortion: Application of Natural Law Theory and the 'Double Effect' Principle

Last edited 18th March 2011

The principle of double effect implies that an inherently good action, which may possibly cause a bad effect, is morally justified in some cases - but only if four specific conditions are met (click here to read about the four conditions). In the case of abortion, how does this principle apply? In this article, Dianne N. Irving tackles this very difficult ethical question.

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The Power of Gratitude

Last edited 15th March 2011

How a thank-you note changed a father's philosophy on life.

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Philosopher's New Book Appeals to Reason Alone to Make Pro-Life Case

Last edited 10th March 2011

Dr. Christopher Kaczor's latest book argues against abortion through reason alone, without reference to the author's Catholic faith.

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What is Modesty?

Last edited 10th March 2011

Modesty isn’t about “covering up” or other sorts of clothing rules. Rather, modesty is the virtue of not drawing undue attention to oneself. You may have noticed that this definition doesn’t say anything about clothing at all. That’s because the virtue of modesty is both less restrictive and more demanding than the arbitrary standards people like to impose.

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Freedom of Religion, Conscience and Belief at the Heart of Human Rights

Last edited 9th March 2011

According to Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent representative of the Holy See to the U.N. offices in Geneva,"at the heart of fundamental human rights is freedom of religion, conscience and belief." With religious discrimination on the increase all over the world, this message more important now than ever before. Visit this article to read Archbishop Tomasi's address to the ordinary session of the Human Rights Council on religious freedom, delivered 2 March 2011.

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Biblical “Weirdness”: Atheists Attack God as a Monster

Last edited 20th February 2011

One of the arguments made by the latest wave of atheists is that religion promotes violence and injustice. They point to a number of passages in the Old Testament that are in sharp contrast to modern values. Paul Copan has answered these accusations in a book just published, “Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God”. Visit this article to read a review of this book by Fr John Flynn.

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