Sen. Harkin: A “misallocation of wealth” is the problem. Like having too many greyhounds.

Hal Roach the Irish comedian would tell a joke that went like this (read it in your best Irish brogue): Father Murphy was in rare form in the pulpit on Sunday, exhorting his parishoners to be more generous. “If ye have an excess, share with those who have naught,” he said. “It is the Christian thing to do.” To make an example of one of the exemplary local farmers he asked O... More

Christmas 1981: A Flame for Freedom in Poland

December 2011 might not be an anniversary on the minds of American Catholics, but it is close and near and dear to the hearts of Polish Catholics. As American Catholics, we ought to pause here, today, to consider why. The reasons are historically and even spiritually inspiring. It was 30 years ago, December 13, 1981, that martial law was imposed upon Poland by the communist government. Poles... More

Reader: Anti-Communist leader Vaclev Havel dies, Hitchens and abortion, Pope to canonize two Americans

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Vaclev Havel was a playwright, anti-Communist, and former leader of a free Czech Republic. He died yesterday at 75. Brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il dead at age 69. Pray for the people suffering in North Korea. Christopher Hitchens: Abortion survivor, post... More

Reader: Election 2011 results, Paterno to resign, Christmas tree tax, Bishop warns of ‘Atheocracy’

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Republicans take over Virginia Senate, pending a recount. Bryce Reeves (right) has an 86 vote lead. If that holds, the GOP will control both house of the Legislature and the Governor’s office. Ohio voters rejected GOP’s public union reform plan but also rejected President Obama’s hea... More

10 Myths About Atheists?

An AlterNet article by Amanda Marcotte helpfully gathers “10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists” and purports to debunk them. It is a fascinating look into the brain of an atheist. Let’s look through her myths and see how they hold up. (At the Gregorian Institute, I have come up with “Six Myths about Atheism” of my own.) “Myth” 1: “There are no ath... More




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