Why Evangelization is Future of Catholicism

by (@TheIRD) February 8, 2013

By Addie Darling As the Catholic Church works to shape the culture in the 21st century, her members must embrace reality while fearlessly proclaiming the truth, said author George Weigel. “It is the same Church, the same faith and, above all, the same Lord,” emphasized Weigel, a noted Catholic commentator and biographer of Pope John […]

Regent University Anti-Trafficking Gathers Local, National Leaders

by (@TheIRD) December 13, 2012

by Addie Darling Last Wednesday, Regent University and the Protecting Children Foundation hosted The Model City Conference, a gathering on Regent’s Virginia Beach campus to discuss the growing problem of sex trafficking in the region, as well as ways individuals and organizations are working to stop it. In recent years, the $40 billion a year […]

The Christian Life and the Liberal Right

by (@TheIRD) December 3, 2012

By Addie Darling Since the election, there have been numerous articles tolling the bell for the death of Christianity’s relevancy in the political sphere, as well as a continuing discussion over the future of Christian political activism. These claims seem to have a point: gay marriage was passed in three states, physician- assisted suicide met a narrow defeat […]

The Patriotic Lies of an American Nun

by (@TheIRD) November 30, 2012

By Addie Darling In a talk right before Thanksgiving, Sister Simone Campbell used her speech for the Louisiana Teacher’s Conference not as an opportunity to promote the necessity of a solid education for the flourishing of the human person, nor the need to improve education in impoverished areas, but instead as a bully pulpit for […]

NEP and the “Family Planning” Farce

by (@TheIRD) October 20, 2012

By Addie Darling In its press release for and in its introduction to a new paper in support of contraceptives and family planning, the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good sought to “debunk” the myths it claims Christians have put forth about contraception. At the press release, Rev. Jennifer Crumpton summarized  the views NEP […]

The 2012 Election and Adam Hamilton’s Shades of Gray

by (@TheIRD) October 17, 2012

By Addie Darling In his sermon last Sunday, megachurch pastor and author Adam Hamilton of prominent United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas spoke to his congregation about the upcoming election, and the Christian case for civil discourse. During his sermon on Eph. 4:29-32, Rev. Hamilton gently reminded his congregation that Christians can […]

USCCB Corrects Biden’s “Facts”

by (@TheIRD) October 12, 2012

By Addie Darling Towards the end of last night’s Vice Presidential Debate, Vice President Joe Biden and candidate Paul Ryan- both Catholics- touched upon several contentious topics surrounding the Church. Inevitably the conversation eventually turned to the newest of these issues, the HHS mandate requiring all employers -including Catholics or others who have a conscientious […]

Free Burma Rangers Give Witness

by (@TheIRD) October 4, 2012

In an age of competing causes and endless advocacy, it is all to easy to be cynical and believe that it’s nearly impossible for individuals to make a difference in the world. It is surprisingly rare -even for Christians- to meet inspiring individuals who do work that is truly good and revolutionary. Thus it was […]

Nuns and the Vatican Do get along!

by (@TheIRD) October 2, 2012

By Addie Darling In the controversy over the Vatican’s Censure of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), many have framed the debate as a conflict between women who care for the poor, and adherence to Catholic Doctrine. Sister Simone Campbell stated on an interview with Jon Stewart “Well the Vatican says we work too […]

Nuns on a Boat Still Morally Adrift

by (@TheIRD) September 29, 2012

By Addie Darling Sister Simone is back, but this time, she’s traded the highway for waterways. Still, her message of flip-flopping on her adherence to the Magisterium and respect for bishops as well as her support of the pro-life cause stays the same. On Monday, Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the NETWORK lobby, spearhead of […]