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24 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Possible papal detour: a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial?

A previously unscheduled visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. might be added to the papal schedule for Thursday morning, according …

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11 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (37)

Why can't I be re-baptized as a Catholic?

Full Question I was baptized in a Lutheran church as a baby and would now like to enter the Catholic Church. Because I have not been living a Christian lif…

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05 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for t…

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03 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to…

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27 Jan 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Why the Crusaders Went

This post is the third in a series about the most prevalent modern myths about the Crusades and how to refute them. Anna Comnena was the thirteen-year-…

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13 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

How can we reconcile free will with God's omniscience?

Full Question In his book God's Debris, Scott Adams says that if God knows the future, then we don't have free will because our free choices would change h…

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31 Aug 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Turkey gives early release to man convicted of murdering priest

Witnesses say 16 year-old Oguzhan Akdin shouted 'Allahu Akbar' while he shot the priest twice in the head A man imprisoned for killing an Italian Catholic prie…

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24 Jun 2015 Vatican No comments

A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope. The motorbike, an Itom 50 model that da…

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Should Catholics read Kierkegaard?

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Was Søren Kierkegaard a Christian? Based on excerpts from Fear and Trembling, I am doubtful that he was. Can a Catholic read Kierkegaard with the confidence that he is sympathetic to Catholic philosophy?


Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a Danish philosopher and, so far as I can ascertain, a member of the state church in Denmark, which is a Lutheran church. He was what we might call a Christian critic of Christianity as he understood it. One of his particular concerns was the church-state relationship in Denmark, which he saw as a perversion of Christianity. Although there are likely to be disagreements between his thought and that of the Catholic Church, Catholics probably could find much of value in his writings. The question of Kierkegaard’s religious affiliation may arise because he did offer criticism of Christianity. However, criticism within Christianity by thoughtful writers who are struggling to reconcile what they see to be truth with their understanding of Christianity does not mean that those writers are necessarily not Christian. One Catholic example of this phenomenon is Desiderius Erasmus (ca. 1466–1536), a sixteenth-century Catholic thinker and theologian who verbally jousted with both the Church and with Martin Luther.


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