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Are We Living in the Last Days?

There has been a surge in interest in topics such as Bible prophecy and the Rapture in the last few years, largely due to the surprising success of the Left Behind series written by two devout Protestants. This article seeks to outline Catholic beliefs about the "last days," relying on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and to compare those teachings with the belief in the Rapture as it is found in the Left Behind books and similar works.

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Good Wars

The most noteworthy aspect of the moral approach to warfare in Aquinas and Calvin is that it teaches that a failure to engage in a just war is a failure of virtue, a failure to act well.

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Catholicism and Capital Punishment

After providing a survey of the complex question of capital punishment Cardinal Dulles writes that: "The Pope and the bishops, using their prudential judgment, have concluded that in contemporary society, at least in countries like our own, the death penalty ought not to be invoked, because, on balance, it does more harm than good."

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What it Means to be Saved

Someone asked me recently whether it was possible to know if one were saved. To understand the question, you must remember the two-fold meaning of the expression, "to be saved."

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