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The Legacy of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This final part, the eighth, gives the rest of his legacy. Read the seventh part.] “..the history of Alexander VI as it has reached us is a tissue

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Pope Alexander VI and the Spanish

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the seventh, touches on his closeness with his native country. Read the sixth part.] Br. J.B. Darcy points out some necessary background information: “For centuries, Spain

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Pope Alexander VI and the French

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the sixth, grapples with Alexander’s interesting relations with the French. Read the fifth part.] With a devout personality, encouraged by his friend, St. Francis of Paola,

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Pope Alexander VI and the Italians

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fifth, explains Alexander’s connections with the Italians. Read the fourth part.] Once his installment was settled, the pope set about making many changes. Alexander was

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The Election of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fourth, details Alexander’s election and coronation. Read the third part.] The conclave of 1492 was an awesome, if typical, affair. After the death of Pope

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The Borgia Family

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the second, deals with the pontiff’s family. Read the first part.] Vannozza dei Cattanei was Rodrigo Borgia’s mistress and the mother of his children. She “doubtless

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The Personality of Pope Alexander VI

[This is part of Catholic Analysis’ special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the first, details the pontiff’s personality.] Rodrigo Borgia was born on 1 January 1431, in Xativa, Spain. Thus, he was most likely baptized at the site

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Libertarians and Catholicism

I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible — but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to

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The Catholicism of Star Wars

In this episode, I analyze the distinctively Christian and Catholic elements of Star Wars. …There are a lot of them. (Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary: I started the show with Star Wars’ emphasis on the primacy, in every field, of

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An Interview with Cheikh Malek el-Khazen

Cheikh Malek el-Khazen is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. He is also the founder of the Khazen Foundation and Khazen.org. He was kind enough to grant me an interview. Could you tell us a little

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