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St. Anthony of the DesertToday’s feast of St. Anthony of the Desert is full of lessons, but of them I will draw out only two related notes. First, was his regular battle with the enemy. With some friends the other night my wife and I sat discussing the spiritual life and the role of the devil. St. Ignatius is adamantly clear that the evil spirit is weak. He flees when he is confronted with fervor and strength. He charges whenever we falter or delay. But ultimately he is weak. Read More

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Rotten-AppleJust recently I finished watching the documentary Waiting for “Superman” about the state of public schools in our country. One doesn’t get the sense that the film-makers are right-wing kooks out to end the Federal Department of Education. The beginning starts with the admission that the maker of the film admires public school teachers…and the admission that he drives past three public schools every day to drop his child off at a private one.

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There was a lot in Ryan McMaken’s defense of libertarianism last week that I disagreed with, and I’ve got notes here and there about why, but of all of them, the one “myth” of McMaken’s that I disagree with most is the one about the principle of solidarity. He says Catholics unfairly accuse libertarians of neglecting it, one of the firmest and most important of the social doctrine principles. Read More

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Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII

One of the interesting bits from Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum novarum is in paragraph twenty where the good pontiff decides to lay out the responsibilities, and not just the rights, of employers and employees. Some of what he says would probably be accepted by the average American with no problem whatsoever while some other parts… well let’s see what he says.

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