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Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.
Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.

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"The young mayor will probably attempt to hold a firm grip over her cabinet while still pursuing the Holy Grail of Roman politics: a check signed by the pope. Raggi must be cautious going forward, after all, hers would not be the first mayoral head that Pope Francis has caused to roll."

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"The answer is that the postmodern man ultimately finds satisfaction in the only thing that is left for him: power. Moral superiority is an undeniable source of power over other people, and postmodernism’s moral imperative offers it cheaply to anyone who accepts its premises. The power to shut others up by merely insinuating that they are a bigot is subtle, but its potency is difficult to overstate."

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We must affirm that popular sovereignty is "a clearly heretical principle"; otherwise, we are reduced to a Machiavellian relativism under which might makes right.

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"When I asked the parishes and the schools in Rome to take in immigrants, many said that it had been a failure. It is not true! It was not a failure at all! A high percentage of Rome's parishes, when they didn't have a big house or they had a very little one, they had their parishioners rent an apartment for an immigrant family. In convent schools, whenever there was room, they welcomed an immigrant family... The answer is that we have done more than you know, because we haven't advertised it."

-- His Holiness Pope Francis

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The President of Taiwan has sent a very complimentary letter to the Holy Father, promising to remain a helpful partner to the Church.

Taiwan also recently gave assistance to the Monks of Norcia: https://en.nursia.org/2016/12/10/ego-frater-maria-paulus/

See also: http://english.president.gov.tw/Default.aspx?tabid=491&itemid=38593&rmid=2355

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"The Vatican's recognition of Taiwan has helped the Asian government show other countries that it values religious freedom, different from the reputation of China, and that it has a powerful friend in Europe that China can’t get, analysts say. Taiwan’s other 20 diplomatic allies are small, mostly poor countries in Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. They look to Taiwan for development aid."

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"Fr. Ghika met the future admiral Yamamoto Shinjiro in Rome. He was also a Catholic convert and introduced him to the imperial court on March 20, 1933. After a very friendly initial exchange, the Emperor Hirohito confessed to Fr. Ghika that he suffered terribly from being the first Mikado in centuries not to have an heir. The priest encouraged him: 'Your Majesty, I will give you the blessing and God will grant you a son.' Sure enough, Fr. Ghika made the sign of the Cross on the Mikado's forehead, saying in Japanese, 'May the Almighty bless you!' The Generals present, outraged by this unheard-of audacity, drew their swords, but were immediately reprimanded by the Emperor. Exactly nine months later, the currently reigning monarch, Akihito, was born on December 23, 1933."
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