By Tom Quiner Have you noticed something odd about the Bible? It makes no reference to the existence of the ‘Bible’ … and yet it exists. I reference this oddity in light of a question from a Quiner’s Diner reader on the subject of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. His question: “Is there a scripture that talks about…

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“Have you ever actually seen someone die?”

This was the question posed by my good friend, Bob, who is 87 years old. He said he has never actually seen someone die.

I have…

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“Is there a scripture that talks about Mary having been saved from her sin before she was born?”

The quick answer is yes and no, the same answer we’d give if the question were:

“Is there a scripture that talks about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity?”

Yes and no. Although Catholicism and Protestantism are united in their belief in the Holy Trinity, sacred scripture doesn’t directly reference the term, just as it doesn’t directly reference the term “Immaculate Conception” in describing Mary…

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We’ve lost the ability to communicate.

The United States of America is no longer united by a single language. I’m not talking about English. I’m talking about the moral language…

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“As the emperor proceeded down the street, everyone exclaimed, “Goodness, the emperor’s new clothes are incredibly beautiful! The finest he’s ever worn! What a perfect fit!” No one wanted to admit that the emperor was naked, for that would make the person seem stupid or unfit for his or her job.

At last a small child said, “But he doesn’t have anything on!”

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“What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A Catholic institution, so far as I can see right now, will have one of four choices: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the church will not be permitted to have an institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for insurance policies that cover abortifacient drugs, artificial contraception and sterilization. This is not economically sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a non-Catholic group or to a local government. 4) Close down.”

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