Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Notes: Wednesday, April 11-Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1. "the texts of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are essential tools which serve as an authentic guide to what the Church believes on the basis of God’s word"


Labels: Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, C.E.C., Vatican II


That is the title of this Vatican Information Service report; here is an excerpt from that report:
Vatican City, 17 April 2012 (VIS) - "Constantine the Great. The Roots of Europe" is the title of an international academic congress to be held in the Vatican from 18 to 21 April. The event has been organised by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences to mark the 1700th anniversary of the battle of the Milvian Bridge and the conversion of the Emperor Constantine.
[… ]This congress is the first of two, the second of which will be held in Milan in 2013 for the 1700th anniversary of the promulgation of the Edict of Milan, which established freedom of religion in the Roman empire and put an end to the persecution of certain religious groups, particularly Christians. While the 2013 congress will concern itself with what is known as the "Constantinian revolution", tomorrow's event will focus on the environment in which Constantine lived and on relations between Christians and the Roman empire prior to the year 313. …
To me, the second congress sounds like the more interesting of the two.

At the (Italian-language) website of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences' website, some more information on the first congress is available; some papers, presumably presented at the congress, are available in Italian here, and a one-page English-language flyer (?) is available here.

Labels: Church and State, Confessional State, Constantine the Great, history, religious liberty, Roman Empire

3. That Atheist straw man again:
… a debate between a believer for whom evidence is superfluous and a scientist who insists upon it would always provide an impossible conversation, and it was not a pleasant lift in which to be trapped. …
[my emphasis,
I transcribed that from "From fight and flights to sinking feeling"/"THE WEEK", by Matt Buchanan, on page three of the "News Review" supplement in the April 14-15, 2012 edition of The Sydney Morning Herald, available on-line here.]
Labels: atheism

4. "Researchers originally attributed the cohabitation effect [whereby "[c]ouples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not" ]to selection, or the idea that cohabitors were less conventional about marriage and thus more open to divorce. As cohabitation has become a norm, however, studies have shown that the effect is not entirely explained by individual characteristics like religion, education or politics. Research suggests that at least some of the risks may lie in cohabitation itself."


(That came to my attention via the posting of this LifeSiteNews.com article in this AQ thread.

Labels: divorce, marriage, vice

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr, A.D. 2012

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