September 2009, Volume LXXVI, Number 8

Letters to the Editor
The Faith Isn't Dead in France... The Pain of Infertility... What Affluence Has Wrought... Withholding Funeral Rites... Pushing Jews Away from Christ... In Defense of John Paul II... The Power of the Habit... and more
The News You May Have Missed
Doggin' It... Bible-Bashing as Art... Pagan Holidays... Fijian Funny Business... Hamming It Up... I'm Not a Priest But I Play One in Hospitals... Not Quite Normal...
New Oxford Notes
The Pope's Duck-Billed Platypus... The War We Wage...
Judie Brown
The Prolife Movement & the Culture of Violence
Senseless acts of violence should never be answered with any words other than those extended with the love of Christ.
William V. Williams & Peter Kreeft
The Intrinsic Generosity of Life
If we view the world as governed by forces that favor collaboration, cooperation, and self-giving, we may act accordingly.
Jim Wishloff
Business Ethics According to Pope John Paul II
All our actions in enterprise must be, according to John Paul II, “in conformity with the dignity and integral vocation of the human person.”
Michael S. Rose
The Three Natural Laws of Catholic Church Architecture
If a Catholic church building doesn't reflect Catholic theology, the worshiper risks accepting a faith that is foreign to Catholicism.
Matthew Anger
The Christian Philosophy of Samuel Johnson
“No man will be found in whose mind airy notions do not sometimes tyrannize and force him to hope or fear beyond the limits of sober probability.”
Tom Beaudoin
Theology According to Student Bloopers
Fordham theology professor Thomas Beaudoin has collected a long list of “student bloopers” from years of teaching undergraduates theology.
Howard P. Kainz
Contraception & Logical Consistency
Catholics or non-Catholics who practice contraception but oppose premarital or extramarital sex hold a position that is logically inconsistent.
Anne Barbeau Gardiner
Reverend Mother Libertine
Feminist Sister of Mercy Margaret Farley, who has taught ethics for three decades at Yale, defends the entire gamut of sexual activity outside of marriage.
Briefly Reviewed
Reviews of Light and Shadows: Church History Amid Faith, Fact, and Legend... Life of Christ... Saints of the Bible: Exploring Scrip­ture with Holy Men & Wom­en...

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