Rejoicing with Our Mother, the Church

            We have passed the midpoint of Lent. Twenty-five days ago, we celebrated Ash Wednesday. Twenty-one days from today, in exactly three weeks, we will celebrate Easter Sunday. Over the past three Sundays, we have focused on the penitential nature of Lent, on our seeking forgiveness for our sins. Starting...

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The Life of a Continuous Lent

St. Benedict writes in the 49th chapter of his rule that “The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.” He goes on, acknowledging that since few have such strength, so should the monks take on certain Lenten disciplines. “Wash away in this holy season,” Benedict says, “the...

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God or the Machine? Seeking Truth in a Technological Age

In response to His Holiness’ call for Catholics to lead the global conversation on the proper role and limits of technology in the 21st century, the Portsmouth Institute’s 2024 Humanitas Summer Symposium will convene Catholic scholars, public intellectuals and leaders to consider the challenges and opportunities which rapid advances in technology pose...

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Pax Romana: Vatican Diplomacy in an Age of War

The imperative of peace—“the tranquility of order,” according to St. Augustine—is central to the Christian life, and to the mission of the pilgrim Church on earth. Yet for much of the world, including as a result of the recent conflicts which have emerged in places like Ukraine and Israel, war subverts...

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St Leo the Great on Mourning and Suffering

Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor of the Church known for faithfully guiding the Church, his theological knowledge, pastoral heart, and profound preaching. As we continue to remember our loved ones who have passed from this life to the next this month, let...

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The Problem of Catholicism in the Henry VI Plays

By Glenn C. Arbery Dr. Glenn C. Arbery is President of Wyoming Catholic College, where he previously served as Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities. He has taught at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, the University of Dallas, and at Assumption College...

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Evolution and Faith: What Is the Problem?

By John F. Haught John F. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has dedicated his academic life to teaching, lecturing, and writing on issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. He is best known for his works on evolution and...

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Important update on Institute programming

Dear Portsmouth Institute members, friends, and supporters: Despite our most optimistic hopes, it appears that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to alter American life in the weeks and months ahead. We continue to pray for your health and wellbeing. We also know that we have a personal responsibility to protect...

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