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Hauled Aboard the Ark

I was born into a loving, believing community, a Protestant "mother church" (the Reformed Church) which, though it had not for me the fullness of the faith, had strong and genuine piety.

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The Virtue of Social Justice

The expression 'social justice' has been particularly well marketed. Everyone, it seems, is a champion of social justice. Groups may disagree with each other on nearly every moral issue but, when it comes to social justice, they all stand up and salute.

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The Role of Christian Anthropology in Welfare Reform

Past articulations of social policy have tended to ignore basic truths about the human person, leading to negative, long-term consequences for those in need. The rehabilitation of the proper exercise of human freedom is both the foundation and the goal of the future of welfare reform.

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Decisions of Conscience

Dear Grace, I am confused about something. If the Church teaches that we should follow our conscience, but then turns around and teaches us that we must obey Church teaching, then what is the difference? Who am I supposed to follow, the Churchs teaching or my own conscience? How will I know what is the right thing to do?

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A Prophecy Fulfilled

Last Autumn was the tenth anniversary of the Church of England's vote to ordain women as priests. The week after the momentous vote, a short letter appeared in an Anglican weekly. It read, 'Dear Sir, Please note that all the arguments used for the ordination of women can also be used for the ordination of practising homosexuals.' It might seem astounding to link the two issues, but the author of the letter was correct in his analysis.

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12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer

Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, they'll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And that's the case with the 12 claims we're about to cover.

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