A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments. | Archdiocese of Washington

  It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude Continue Reading →

Beyond Creation | Archdiocese of Washington

No sooner had God led Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery, did they forsake Him and pursue idols. Moses told the people to prepare themselves to worship the Lord, and he himself went up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the people pestered Aaron the high priest and had him melt down their gold and form it into a golden calf. Aaron proclaimed to the people, “Tomorrow is a feast Continue Reading →

Beyond Creation | Archdiocese of Washington

No sooner had God led Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery, did they forsake Him and pursue idols. Moses told the people to prepare themselves to worship the Lord, and he himself went up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the people pestered Aaron the high priest and had him melt down their gold and form it into a golden calf. Aaron proclaimed to the people, “Tomorrow is a feast Continue Reading →

The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about “Hospitality” | Archdiocese of Washington

Late last week on the blog the I made mention of the sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance.” The traditional list, is summarized in the Catechism which states The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner (# Continue Reading →

Muslim Brotherhood offices torched, Morsi on defensive – EGYPT – FRANCE 24

As enraged demonstrators torched Muslim Brotherhood offices in several Egyptian cities, a defiant Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi defended his recent decree granting himself sweeping powers before a crowd of supporters outside the presidential palace in Cairo Friday. “Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for,” said Morsi. “I have always been, and still am, and will always be, God willing, with the pulse of Continue Reading →

Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian man near Gaza after cease-fire | Fox News

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 19 people as crowds surged toward Gaza‘s border fence with Israel on Friday, a health official said, the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold a day before. The shooting did not appear to pose an immediate threat to the Egypt-brokered cease-fire, which called for an end to Gaza rocket fire on Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The truce Continue Reading →

Israel and Hamas maintain cease-fire, after US, Egypt helped both sides reach agreement | Fox News

Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years. The cease-fire announcement had set off frenzied late night street celebrations in the coastal strip, and raised hopes of a new era in relations between Israel and Hamas. The two sides are now to negotiate a deal that would open the borders of the blockaded Palestinian Continue Reading →

Israel Says Prefers Diplomacy but Ready to Invade Gaza

Israel bombed dozens of targets in Gaza on Monday and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave. Mediator Egypt said a deal for a truce to end the fighting could be close. The leader of Hamas said it was up to Israel to end the new conflict it had started. Israel says its Continue Reading →

Israel, Hamas escalate attacks as both sides point fingers, remain far apart in cease-fire demands | Fox News

Israel ramped up targeted attacks on suspected militants in Gaza Monday as Hamas fighters fired hundreds of rockets at Israel — but both sides say its up to the other to end the fighting that has killed nearly 100 people and wounded hundreds on both sides of the conflict. Israel escalated its bombing campaign and began attacking homes of activists in Hamas over the weekend, and on Monday an Israeli missile strike on a media Continue Reading →

Israel widens air assault on rockets in Gaza after Hamas targets Jerusalem | Fox News

JERUSALEM – Israel expanded its air assault on rockets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, striking a Hamas government compound and a Cabinet building where Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh met with Egypt’s prime minister on Friday. Bombarding the Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes, the Israeli military targeted the militants’ weapons-storage facilities and underground rocket-launching sites. Israeli aircraft also bombed a police headquarters building in Gaza City, which set off a huge blaze that Continue Reading →

Obama Still Silent as Egypt Backs Hamas

Today, Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood – a party formerly headed by current President Mohammed Morsi – announced that Egypt would get involved if Israel continued to kill terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Such Israeli action, said the party, would prompt “swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres.” The party also warned that Israel “must take into account the changes in the Arab region and especially Continue Reading →

Israel launches Gaza offensive, kills Hamas commander | Reuters

(Reuters) – Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would “open the gates of hell”. The onslaught shattered hopes that a truce mediated on Tuesday by Egypt could pull the two sides back from the brink of war after five days of escalating Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli Continue Reading →