We want to have an integrated vision of the human person and our place in the cosmos. The clash between religion and science appears inevitable and intractable. These days one is either a scientist, a believer in science, or—you know—an “ignorant believer” in God. Some say: Scientific knowledge is essential to describing phenomena, but it cannot explain the existence of the “thing” being described. Anyway, do Christians have to choose between science and God?
The shocking accusation by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that Pope Francis helped cover up sexual misconduct — an accusation the Pope has so far declined to answer — as well as the litany of sexual abuse cases among clerics, force any Catholic to ask the question: how could this possibly take place in the moral institution that is the Roman Catholic Church? One possible — little known, but very important — answer dates back to the Bolsheviks and their Communist leader Joseph Stalin.
Almost three months after suicide bombers attacked three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, I stood at the very spot where the first bomb exploded. At 7.15am on Sunday, May 13, two teenage boys drove at high speed through a red light and into the gate of Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic church, as parishioners were leaving the first Mass and others were arriving for the second Mass. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured.
Most people know that Christians in the Middle East have recently endured severe persecution at the hands of ISIS. But most people don’t know that, for years, a brotherhood of men have been quietly and vigilantly working behind the scenes on behalf of those Christians. These men are the Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world.
By Raymond Ibrahim / Breaking Israel News
What accounts for the stark difference between how Western and Eastern European nations respond to Muslim migrants? The former—including Great Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia—have been welcoming, whereas the latter—including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia—have not, often vociferously so.