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Lenten fast or forced abstinence
Brian Lilley | 27 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: carbon fast, fish Fridays, Lent
Self-sacrifice may be good for the soul but should it be imposed upon us?

Political summit or theater?
Sheila Liaugminas | 26 February 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Barack Obama, Congress, health care
Before the health care ’summit’ began Thursday morning, there was plenty of media skepticism over whether Washington politicians, in the Congress and the administration, can actually put bitter partisanship aside and finally and responsibly deliberate over the people’s business. Consensus…

Young adults’ priorities may surprise you
Carolyn Moynihan | 26 February 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage, Millennials, parenting
Good news about young adults in the United States: research shows that their top priority is being a good parent. In the latest Pew report on the Millennials (18- to 29-year-olds) 52 per cent of them chose that over owning…

The future church - possibly
Martin Barillas | 26 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: books, Catholic Church, globalisation
An American journalist exercises his prophetic powers concerning trends in the Catholic Church.

The stamp of intolerance: atheists v Mother Teresa
Colleen Carroll Campbell | 26 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: atheism, Mother Teresa, religious freedom
A silly campaign also demonstrates the inroads of anti-religious sentiment into American society.

School laptop ‘spying’ policy: why did they even think of it?
Carolyn Moynihan | 25 February 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: education, surveillance, technology
A lawsuit in Pennsylvania over a school district’s remote monitoring of student laptops shows there is a price to pay for digital learning -- and not just the initial price of a MacBook. There are ongoing maintenance and theft costs,…

‘The persistent issue of abortion’
Sheila Liaugminas | 25 February 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Congress, health care, media
The pivotal Washington health care summit is about many things and much of it is political posturing. Maybe most. By both parties. What’s getting little attention is the persistent issue of abortion at the core of both House and Senate…

Women’s dignity: the forgotten agenda
Carolyn Moynihan | 25 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: dignity, feminism, status of women
Can we judge the status of a woman by her paypacket? Have women arrived when they have half the seats in the legislature and their husbands do half the chores at home? Part I of a symposium on improving the status of women by 2020.

The disappearing disabled
Mark Mostert | 25 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: disabilities, eugenics, genetics
Dread genetic diseases are disappearing -- because parents and doctors are eliminating the children who have them. 

Teed off
Sheila Liaugminas | 24 February 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Buddhism, civil discourse, media, sports, Tiger Woods
Though it was much-anticipated and rather heavily promoted in the media, I made no note of the Tiger Woods press conference scheduled to televise his first public statement since his scandalous affairs broke last November. But an interesting thing happened.....

Quiet as a basic human right
Thomas C. Reeves | 24 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: silence
Silence is the enemy of everything superficial, stupid, and ugly.

Big win in Vegas
Sheila Liaugminas | 24 February 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: faith, pregnancy, pro-life

Oddsmakers would either not touch this one, or laugh at you if you even suggested the wager. 'During an abortion, the mother makes the other choice. And they lived happily ever after...'Okay, we won't know about the 'ever after'…

When China rules the world? Sorry, not likely
Kim R. Holmes | 23 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, superpower, United States
China's perceived rise to superpower likely won't happen. It takes a democracy to lead the world.

Tiger Woods’ confession: a hole in one
Carolyn Moynihan | 23 February 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: apologies, Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods' "confession" is a full and frank admission of personal responsibility for doing wrong (not just "unacceptable" things) and a clear statement of his determination to make up and do better. As such it is a pretty impressive apology,…

Should we clone Neanderthals?
Michael Cook | 23 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: cloning, scientism
Forget the jokes. A Harvard professor is serious.

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