St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for Stephen Hawking

Let's pray to Mother Teresa during her canonization day, and eight days thereafter, for the conversion and complete healing of the great physicist Stephen Hawking.

09/04/2016 Comments (37)

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I know this might be rather bold, but I’d like to ask, say, several million people out there to pray to Mother Teresa during her canonization day, and eight days thereafter, for the conversion and complete healing of the great physicist Stephen Hawking.

Why? As simply as I can put it, his conversion and cure would be a miracle that would show to the world that Christian faith and science are not opposed, but (as St. John Paul II said) “Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to...READ MORE

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Why Christ Will Never Let His Bride Redefine Marriage

08/18/2016 Comments (26)

Ephesians 5:25: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her...” (Image: Francisco de Zurbarán, “Christ on the Cross”, 1627)

In my previous post,Why the Catholic Church Defined Marriage,” I noted that the Roman pagan world, into which the Church was born, had monogamy, but not the Christian understanding of monogamy—and that’s why the Catholic Church had to properly define marriage 2000 years ago by redefining it against the pagan culture.

To repeat: Roman heterosexual monogamy was not life-long. The pagan Romans allowed easy, no-fault divorce, and multiple remarriages. A man had a right to have sex with concubines, his slaves (male and female, adult and child), and prostitutes. Marriage was basically a contract for having children and handing on property.

To be fair to the ancient pagans, there were a...READ MORE

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Why the Catholic Church Defined Marriage

08/09/2016 Comments (23)

The Wedding at Cana (via Wikimedia Commons)

Given that the state has now taken upon itself the power and authority to redefine marriage, it’s a very good time to ask why the Catholic Church defined marriage to begin with.

Now it might seem nonsensical to say that the Catholic Church defined marriage, as if no one had ever heard of marriage until about 2000 years ago. But in a very real way, that’s true. Marriage defined in terms of lifelong, heterosexual, sexually exclusive monogamy was a Catholic invention, in somewhat the same way that the university itself, as an institution, was a Catholic invention.

This is a very important point. We tend to think that the particular definition of marriage we affirm—again, lifelong,...READ MORE

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The Disappearance of the Real University?

07/18/2016 Comments (22)

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The Catholic Church invented the university about a millennium ago. It isn’t an eternal institution, but it has lasted a very long time. Unhappily, the combination of economic pressures and virtual (online) classes may well bring its historical demise. I do not wish that to happen—I teach at Franciscan University—but the possibility is very real, and must be understood and addressed.

First, I want to begin with an economic lesson from an area outside education that offers a warning to us about the danger actual universities are facing. I call it the Amazon Effect.

Actual, physical bookstores have been around for hundreds of years—thousands, if you go back to the scroll stalls of the...READ MORE

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The Sunny Side of Political Nausea

07/07/2016 Comments (13)

Howard Chandler Christy, “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States” (1940, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

So, you’re depressed by the election? Perhaps even nauseated? Spending too much time surfing Craigslist looking for a rent-to-own catacomb to hole up in for a few decades? Given up on thinking that things couldn’t get worse?

Join the growing rank of those who believe that political culture in America is growing ranker every day.

But there is a sunny side to this seemingly hopeless political decay, and two facets of it in particular are worth examining.

First of all, and I think most important, it reminds us that we, as Christians, do not put our faith in politics, but in God, the Most Holy Trinity.

For too long, in our modern secularized world, we have been told that we don’t need God....READ MORE

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Coming Soon in Virtual Reality: “The Story of Christ”

06/30/2016 Comments (1)

Perhaps you have heard about Virtual Reality, the latest technology that allows viewers to be immersed in a 3D, computer-generated game or movie. You put on the odd goggles, say the Oculus Rift, and suddenly you are thrown into the middle of a virtual reality Paris, where you can look all around you, and see everything (more or less) that you would see if you were actually in Paris. Or into the middle of a flaming castle with demon warriors charging at you from all directions. Or into the midst of a feast thrown for a bevy of elves by friendly, pink, curiously-dexterous unicorns.

Or, as of this coming December, into the ancient Holy Land, so that you look around at the birth of Jesus, at...READ MORE

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Brexit and the Principle of Subsidiarity

06/23/2016 Comments (7)

It’s final. Britain is exiting the European Union. I am inclined to think that leaving the EU will be one of the best decisions Britain could make—even while admitting that I could be wrong. But such is the way with politics and the prudential decisions it involves: there are so many contingencies in human political life that accurate predictions of success are usually made only in hindsight.

That’s why it is clarifying to shift our attention from trying to make accurate predictions about Britain’s future, to a consideration of principles that are more enduring than opinion polls and media pundits. In this instance, we should be looking at the most Catholic principle of subsidiarity, one...READ MORE

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I Think Therefore I Am…a Woman

06/16/2016 Comments (7)

After Frans Hals (1582/1583–1666), “Portrait of René Descartes”

By now you have heard of the infamous directive, the “Dear Colleague Letter on  Transgender Students,” issued jointly from Obama’s Department of Justice and Department of Education. The point of the pointed letter to public schools is to ensure that the Administration’s most radical wishes for acceptance of the LGBT agenda are understood to be commands.

Many have already commented on the unconstitutionality and immorality of the directive. As to the first, our government was originally designed with three branches—the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial—each with its own functions and limits. Congress makes the laws, the President’s Executive branch enforces them, and the Judicial branch...READ MORE

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Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Human Life Studies, and Senior Fellow of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a speaker and author of 10 books, his latest being Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion. His website is