The Jewish scholar Leonard Greenspoon of Creighton University (a Catholic institution) explores the concept of “coveting” in the Ten Commandments.  He undertakes a close analysis of the Hebrew word and the different understandings in the Jewish tradition.  What struck me is his quotation from Philo of Alexandria (25 B.C.-50 A.D.), who said that coveting–that is, illicit desire–is the root of all of the other sins in the second table of the decalogue (the sins against our neighbors): The fifth [in the second list,… Read more

It’s being reported that some activists want to expand the LGBT category so that it reads LGBTQQICAPF2K+.That needs to be done in order to be inclusive.  This broader category is so inclusive that it includes heterosexuals. Here is what the new proposed acronym stands for: L – lesbian G – gay B – bisexual T – transgender Q – queer Q – questioning I – intersex C – curious A – asexual A – agender A – ally P – pansexual… Read more

In effect, the Pope is unifying the Catholic church in China by granting authority to the heterodox Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.  Read more

“All economic news is bad,” said George Will, “especially good economic news, because it gives rise to bad behavior.”  He was referring to the way the current prosperity has brought about a dangerous decline in savings rate.  His words might also apply to yesterday’s stock market performance, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by 1,175 points. This was the biggest point drop in stock market history. What happened? Good news.  There are more jobs and wages are up. Higher wages… Read more

My granddaughter invited a friend to church yesterday.  She was nine years old and she had never gone to a church before! I give her a lot of credit.  She worked hard to follow along with the service, she read out loud the creed and the Lord’s Prayer, she tried to find the pages in the hymn book.  My granddaughter helped her find her place, and I tried to explain what was going on.  She seemed somewhat in awe.  I… Read more

The memo from the House Intelligence Committee on the FBI’s use of the discredited Steele dossier has been released.  I post it below. The main takeaway is that the document says that the FBI used the Steele dossier, which made shocking claims about Donald Trump and the Russians, as the basis for obtaining surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  They did so even though they knew that the document had been funded by the Democratic National Committee. … Read more

Yesterday we blogged about the upcoming film The Passion of the Christ:  Resurrection.  But that won’t be coming out until 2019 or 2020.  Another movie based on the Bible starring Jim Caviezel will be released March 28, just in time for Easter.  It’s entitled Paul:  The Apostle of Christ, and judging from the trailer, posted below, it looks really good. Caviezel plays Luke, who is with Paul in his last days in Rome.  The title role is played by James Faulkner.  Andrew… Read more

The pendulum is swinging against sexual permissiveness, as the reaction against sexual abuse and sexual harassment is now extending to sexualized dating relationships.  Next to be targeted may be internet pornography.  A British law may spell the end of anonymous free pornography on the internet. Beginning in April, the British Board of Film Classification will require all pornography sites to ensure that viewers are over 18.  Otherwise, they can be blocked and fined up to 250,000 pounds.  A company called… Read more

The challenge will be in turning the Resurrection appearances of our Lord into a story. What is the story’s arc, its turning point and its resolution? Read more

The Grammy Awards last Sunday, the music industry’s award show, featured the by-now familiar litany of Donald Trump protests, virtue signaling, and–especially–#MeToo statements supporting women and condemning the plague of sexual harassment.  But, as British journalist Piers Morgan, points out, the irony was excruciating.  As he says, the Grammy presentations are “the single most sexist, misogynist and abusive awards show of them all, celebrating many of the most sexist, misogynist and abusive people in an amoral industry of spectacular proportions.”… Read more

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