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Benedict at Regensburg: Why It Still Matters

Five years ago today (one day after 9/11s fifth anniversary), a soft-spoken, 79-year-old former professor visiting his old university in Germany delivered a speech to a group of academics. In 30 minutes, it was all over. forty-eight hours later, the world exploded.

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The Acts We Perform; the People We Become

Pope John Paul II put his finger on a problem typical of our time, namely, that people think that they can do lots of bad things while still remaining, deep down, "good persons," as though their characters are separable from the particular things that they do.

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Love and Healing

How is it possible for love, which is essentially spiritual, to have a transforming effect on the human body, which is corporeal and the natural object of scientific intervention?

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Conscience

The precept that every person has a duty to follow his own conscience is not in any way a promotion of individualism, much less moral relativism, that is, a "do your own thing" kind of morality.

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Of Prudes and Libertines

During the Second World War, Peter Marshall, a brash young preacher at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, the toniest Protestant church in the nations capital, decided to let a newly married serviceman and his wife use a room on the church grounds for their wedding night.

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Joy

Joy is more than happiness, just as happiness is more than pleasure.

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The Baseness of Acid

We have so far been affected by sentimentality and a lack of realism that only undue severity moves or appalls us, rarely the opposite.

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