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The torture report: Violating human dignity

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a 500-page executive summary of its 6,000-page report on the CIA’s use of torture. Before I proceed, let me stipulate that, like everything else in Washington, the report and the responses to it, …

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The paradox of generosity

Ebenezer Scrooge

We’re all familiar with our Lord’s words that it’s “more blessed to give than to receive.” As it turns out, this maxim is not only true as a matter of faith, it’s empirically true, as well. This is the subject …

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True Thanksgiving: What are we teaching our kids?

This Thanksgiving Day recalls another Thanksgiving many years ago—the happy hours I spent with my children and grandchildren. Over turkey and dressing, I decided to quiz my then 8-year-old grandson, as proud grandparents often do. I leaned over and said, …

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Sneaky Contraception? Vaccines, the UN and the poor

Is it possible that someone slipped contraceptives into tetanus vaccines for the poor? Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops of Kenya took the unusual step of telling their flock not to participate in a tetanus-vaccination program administered by the government …

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