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Letter #60 2022, Wed, Mar 30: The main point

    "The answer can be found in the pages of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum. In it, he gives the Church’s answer to communism: inequality and class conflict are not aberrations to be fixed, but rather they are a part of the human condition. Mankind lives in a fallen world, a world felled by man’s disobedience to [...]

Letter #59, 2022, Tues, Mar 29: Nikodim

    Metropolitan Nikodim (secular name Boris Georgiyevich Rotov, Russian: Борис Георгиевич Ротов, October 15, 1929-September 5, 1978 — he died in Rome at the young age of 48), was the Russian Orthodox metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod from 1963 until his death. Photo Credit     “Three days ago the Orthodox Metropolitan of Leningrad passed away in my [...]

Letter #58, 2022, Tues, Mar 29: No peace

    "Gentlemen may cry, 'Peace,' 'Peace' – but there is no peace..." —Patrick Henry, in the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1775 (link)         "Providing lethal aid to Ukraine would exploit Russia’s greatest point of external vulnerability. But any increase in U.S. military arms and advice to Ukraine would need to be carefully calibrated to increase the costs [...]

Letter #56, 2022, Mon, Mar 28: Dialogue over?

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis met at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana February 12, 2016 — six years ago now. The Pope was traveling to Mexico for a six-day pastoral visit. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)     "It’s difficult to see how Moscow will be part of any future ecumenical dialogue [...]

Letter #55, 2022, Mon, Mar 28: Almost midnight…

    "In January of this year, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that its so-called 'doomsday clock' was set to 100 seconds before midnight, the metaphorical time they used to signify an extinction-level event for humanity. They warned that the prospect of a cataclysmic nuclear exchange among the U.S., Russia and/or China was dangerously possible, and specifically [...]

Letter #53, 2022, Tues, Mar 22: The Consecration

    "The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty." —From the just-released text of the prayer to the Virgin Mary ("O Mary, Mother of God," is how [...]

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