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Alumni Column

The Discourtesy of tolerance

No one reforms that which he is indifferent to. No one preaches to the sea. By definition, reform requires that…

Putting the “Plato” back in “platonic”

Valentine’s Day in America is an occasion that simultaneously disturbs the stomach and befuddles the mind. How the legend of…

Rethinking – and reclaiming – progress

Ask almost anyone, and they’ll tell you that ours is the most progressive of eras. We live longer than we…

Pope Benedict: The great unifier?

On September 14, Vatican officials met with the leaders of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), a breakaway group…

Lessons I’ve learned from ACE

At mass this Friday, the first reading told of a group of men who seek to test the holiness of…

A Stripper, Her Doctor, and the Case for Virtue Ethics

You’re a hot-shot doctor. (Don’t worry, pre-meds, you’ll make it eventually.) Jill, a 19-year-old young lady, comes to the hospital….

Bigger is Better

I can remember more than one occasion in my childhood when my mom or my dad was the recipient of…

The Fed’s Big Move

The day after mid-term elections, the Federal Reserve, led by its Chairman Ben Bernanke, announced it would buy $600 billion…

Communion in the hand and the life of grace

Pope Benedict made some headlines a few years ago when, in his public Masses, he began only to distribute Holy…

Catholic education: A post-graduate’s view

The first thing you notice when you leave the friendly confines of the Notre Dame campus as a graduate is…