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Who Was Santa Claus?

Still, behind the figure most embodying the commercial nature of Christmas in the minds of the public, we find a humble and saintly Bishop, and a clear Christian message for our times: the need for generosity both towards our neighbors, and towards God.

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In What Year was Christ Actually Born?

While Jubilee celebrations started with the opening of the Holy Door on December 24, 1999 and ended with its closing on January 6, 2000, it is less clear whether this is really the 2000th anniversary of Christ's birth.

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Slavery

Papal declarations on the morality of slavery are reviewed and put in context. There was certainly a development of doctrine on slavery. It took the Church time to fully understand slavery, just as it did for other things.

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The Popes and Slaverybook review

Catholics were guilty for centuries of having slaves or profiting from the slave trade in spite of the fact that the popes taught clearly and frequently the evil of slavery,"and even legislated severe ecclesiastical penalties for engaging in it.

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Why Catholics Like Einstein

It's difficult to say who turns themselves into the biggest pretzel: creationists trying to fit science into a biblical template, or agnostic scientists trying to avoid the existence of a personal God. An enlightened Catholic view of science must be anchored in the proposition that God delights to work through secondary causes.

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The Death of Darwinism

No book has so profoundly affected the way modem man views himself than Charles Darwins Origin of Species, first published in 1859. The notion that man is the product of a blind, materialist process which did not have him in mind is part of the intellectual air everyone breathes.

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Contraception: Why Not?

Janet Smith explains why the Catholic Church keeps insisting, in the face of the opposite position held by most of the rest of the modern world, that contraception is one of the worst inventions of our time.

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