Old Higher Ed News

By Jon|May 1, 2012|Catholicism, Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

As referenced a few times before, it seems that the faith and reason that accompanies it is not being transmitted very well… It is already apparent that this is the case but now there are more numbers. From the Cardinal Newman Society: Study: College Age Students Losing Faith A new study coming out of Georgetown University reports that many in the younger generation known as “millenials” are abandoning orthodoxy at an

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Dawkins Too Busy with the Crowd to Worship His Savior?

By test|April 25, 2012|Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

Are “Reason Rallies” more important than (empirical) science? If for nothing else, this project makes a point…that the confidence in the explanatory power of modern empirical science esps (MES) espoused by Richard Dawkins remains limited. The shroud of Turin remains a mystery– that doesn't mean that there is no answer of course there is an answer–all knowledge, including that acquired by modern empirical science (MES) is based on the principle

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England: Humanists Try to Block Catholic School Founding

By Jon|April 16, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary|

I think many times we have the benevolent impression that we are given from humanists: “We want the best for mankind without worrying about an afterlife. Let's focus on improving the world now.” Now of course not all humanists are the same but in England, where they are more militant, I'm starting to think they are…  Two of the most central humanist principles are liberty and reason (usually in the

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San Diego: Not a Single Priest or Professor Would Join the Students in Prayer

By Jon|April 13, 2012|Catholicism, Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Higher Education, News Commentary|

We have some disappointing news from the Cardinal Newmans Society which continues to inform us on the sad state of Catholic higher education in many places in the United States:  Priest at USD: No Professor or Chaplain Was Willing to Pray with These Students The University of San Diego, a Catholic institution, hosted a drag show this week despite several protests and prayers from alumni, students, and even a local priest. In response, a

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PUCP Refuses to Comply

By Jon|April 11, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Higher Education, News Commentary|

Peru's University still in a shuffle: Pontifical University In Peru Rejects Vatican Deadline (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=24705) LIMA, PERU, April 10 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru says it refuses to comply with a Vatican deadline to reform its statutes until an unrelated legal dispute with the Archdiocese of Lima has been resolved. As 'of today there is no agreement on a comprehensive solution to the problems that exist,' the

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Cardinal Pell Debates Dawkins

By Jon|April 11, 2012|Education, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

The famous and anti-spiritual Richard Dawkins is still on the campaign trail for secularism following two “Reason Rallies”, one in DC and the other in Australia. Along the way he decided he would take a debate against Australia's highest ranking bishop, the text and video of which will follow below. This debate about whether God exists covers rather quickly 12 loosely related topics, including gay marriage and children…? I feel

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Benedict XVI Slams the “Enlightenment” on Easter 2012 and Endorses This Blog

By Jon|April 8, 2012|Education, Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

So maybe it wasn't an official endorsment but here's part of Pope Benedict XVI's Easter Vigil homily on 07 April 2012, where he hammers home an essential point: Photo from Daylife The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what

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Secular Humanism Gathers: Reason Rally 2012

By test|March 16, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

The largest gathering of the secular humanist movement in world history will be taking place 24 March 2012 called the “Reason Rally” to be hosted at the National Mall in DC. Yes, you heard that right…”Reason Rally,” because anyone who doesn't agree with them, can be tossed the unreasonable label. Interestingly, since the French Revolution when the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was converted into a Temple of Reason on November 10,

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“We must not remain silent before evil” Lent 2012 Message from the Holy Father

By Jon|February 22, 2012|News Commentary|

Comments andEmphasis 22 February 2012 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in

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“The Sharpest Young Opinion Formers are Atheists”

By test|February 5, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Enlightenment, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy, Religion, Theism/Atheism, to be moved|

Damien Thompson at the Daily Telegraph sets the record straight. As always, my comments are in blue, emphasis in bold: “…But the crucial point is that the sharpest young opinion-formers are atheists. This is a development that seems to have been missed by the old boobies who pass for bishops in the Anglican and Catholic Churches. It’s a rapid and startling change in our religious landscape and not one that

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