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Q and A, June 2018 Part 4: From Under the Rubble, Episode 32

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From Under the Rubble with Dr. Fleming and Rex Scott: “Q and A, June 2018 Part 4.” Original Air Date: June 2018 Show Run Time: 30 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Rex Scott From Under the Rubble episodes are available to Gold subscribers and higher.   From Under the Rubble℗ is a Production of the Fleming Foundation. Copyright 2018. All Rights are Reserved.

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The Paradoxes of Marital Consent: POB II.3

Anyone who tries to lead a Christian life or, indeed, has even known a few serious Christians, becomes aware of the tension between the exacting standards of Sermon on the Mount and the gravitational pull of everyday human necessities.  He remains faithful to his wife but cannot ignore the charms of “the cute little waitress at the corner cafe”; he contributes to his Church and to a host of charities, but the cupidity that he acknowledges as the root of all evil draws him every morning to study what the markets are doing in the pages of the Devil’s own...

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Wednesday’s Child: Letter from the Algarve

Curious people, these expats.  I’ve met quite a number in my travels, mostly Brits, but also Americans and Germans, who aggregate in the south of Europe – Spain, Italy, Greece – drawn here by several very obvious lures.  The sun and the sea are not among them.  The main one is the cheapness of the alcohol, ranging from 96 proof spirit on offer in any supermarket to perfectly drinkable white wine for $1 a bottle.

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Trump Summit: Why He Picked Singapore; and Driving Fake News Insane

I don’t think anyone else spotted why President Trump picked Singapore for his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Any number of places could have been picked, in Asia or elsewhere. But here’s the key: Singapore, like North Korea, is run by a dynasty, the Lee family. Lee Kwan Yew operated Singapore as boss from after independence in 1965 until 1990.

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Taming Our Savage Progenitors: POB II.3

Philippe would not be the last King of France to violate his marriage vows—so hard it was and is for the Church to enforce Christian marriage on the rich and powerful.   Nonetheless, the papacy had scored a major victory, and future kings would not be able to repudiate their wives and marry their mistresses  ad libitum—or ad libidinem.  Between Philippe’s marital woes and the first divorce of Henry VIII, the Christian ideal of marriage, while it might be circumvented by kings and emperors, could not be entirely disregarded.