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Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Saturday
Sep162006

We refuse to link it

One among the many pieces on the Pope/Islam controversy.
This one at least quotes some good people (Fr. Samir and Mario Mauro). Unfortunately they also quote today's grotesque editorial from the New York Times...

Saturday
Sep162006

Why not?

An update on embryo eugenics.

Thursday
Sep142006

An awakening

As you will recall Melanie Phillips used to be the stereotypical liberal British commentator (and she is also Jewish).

Thursday
Sep142006

Time to reflect

It is becoming ever more clear that foreign policy today asks for a deep reflection about who we are and what we want.

Tuesday
Sep122006

Full breadth of reason

Today the Pope gave a memorable speech that summarizes the challenge of the Church to our time.


The West has long been endangered by this aversion to the questions which underlie its rationality, and can only suffer great harm thereby. The courage to engage the whole breadth of reason, and not the denial of its grandeur – this is the programme with which a theology grounded in Biblical faith enters into the debates of our time.

NB: "Persian" is an euphemism for "Muslim." The directness of his critique of Islam is also unprecedented.

Monday
Sep112006

Take it easy

We hope certain US and Israeli politicians read this.

Monday
Sep112006

A moment of truth

Among the many 9/11 editorials, the one by James Carrol does capture a bit of how 9/11 briefly forced people to look at life more truthfully.

Saturday
Sep092006

So?

This article raises a true question but very much fails to provide an answer.

Friday
Sep082006

A thing called philosophy

A report on the Pope's discussion with his former students on evolution.

Friday
Sep082006

Back

The Pope's visit to Germany seems very significant.

Friday
Sep082006

Dying?

The great Islamic breakdown in the modern world seem to involve at least two factors: 1) traditional Islam seems to have been inextricably tied to a specific culture, which is now at odds with the modern world, and 2) inability to educate.

Friday
Sep082006

Final calls

It is a fact that death gives life a beautiful seriousness.

Tuesday
Sep052006

No direction

It is hard to run a university in "the absence of any pronouncement that anything is more important than anything else."

Tuesday
Sep052006

"As dangerous as Osama bin Laden"

Iran and North Korea have one thing in common, they both have had extensive dealings with Dr. A.Q. Khan. Meet the "Father of the Islamic Bomb", a national hero in Pakistan, a nightmare for the rest of the world.

Wednesday
Aug302006

Marx for the 21st century

A good column by Rod Dreher on Qutb.