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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul

Chesterton once said that the difference between a sinner and saint is not that the saint doesn’t sin. The difference is that the saint knows they’re a sinner. This is what strikes me with St. Vincent de Paul. You might expect, and certainly you will get to some degree, a listing of all the amazing charitable works this grand saint of seventeenth century France undertook. However, what is seldom mentioned in the popular accounts about St. Vincent is his bad temper. Read More

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Just after the inauguration for President Barack Obama, Robert George and several of his friends, Hadley Arkes, Michael New, Teresa Collett and Gerard Bradley to name just a few, started a website called Moral Accountability that was designed to track the moral calculus of the Obama administration. They founded it because they wanted to show the Catholics and Evangelicals who voted for Obama that there are consequences to their actions.
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After some disturbing news I received at the end of last week, I thought I would share some thoughts on the question of orthodoxy and obedience. I think given all the recent scandals, we ought to learn a deep lesson. It is the same lesson that Fr. Neuhaus taught during that long Lent so many years ago. It is that fidelity to authority is what is lacking in our time. We need both orthodoxy and obedience my friends. Read More

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