Can a Catholic Affirm the Nashville Statement?

The Nashville Statement is a set of 14 affirmations and denials concerning Christianity and human sexuality, composed by evangelical Protestants. There are two points on which Catholics should disagree. Read more

Generation Bodies-R-Us

This weekend walking the halls of the public high school hosting my daughter’s volleyball tournament, I saw handmade signs inviting students to join the club that fights against human trafficking.  I approve. This generation of high school students have particular reason to object to the buying and selling of human bodies: They are the Objectified Generation. Take a look at #43 on the annual Beloit Mindset List for the class of 2021: Having another child has always been a way… Read more

Linking Around: Violent Racism and Christian Conversion

Following up from yesterday’s brief blurb on Joseph Pearce’s autobiography, over at the Register you can read his latest essay, “Charlottesville Through the Eyes of an Ex-White Supremacist.” At Aleteia, Patrick McNamera tells the history of Fr. John Markoe, who fought racism within and beyond the Church in the early 20th century. Longtime readers will recall I’ve shared in the past the conversion story of Nathan Bedford Forest: Nathan Bedford Forrest the fierce fighter, gambler, racist, and sinner….was a changed man…. Read more

Speaking of White Supremacists . . .

. . . it is possible for people to change.   Joseph Pearce’s autobiography Race With the Devil is worth a look if you want to know how that can happen.  He gives a talk version of his story that makes a riveting presentation.   Look him up and invite him to keynote your next event. Read more

Parsing the Data on “Childhood Gun Violence”

Pediatrics has just released a study on childhood firearms injuries and deaths, and this CNN article is typical of the news coverage.  Unless you read very carefully, deep into the article, you would get the idea that we are having an epidemic of young children shooting one another. (How do I feel about the stories like the one that opens the CNN article?  As I’ve said on these pages: If you aren’t committed to keeping your firearms out of the hands… Read more

Pain Bleg Update –> How’s It Going, Jen?

So if you post something like last month’s Name this pain bleg, it’s a good idea to update sooner, rather than later, when you rejoin the happy world of healthy-type people.  Otherwise, every time you turn up some friend will peer at you with concern and ask gravely, “How are you?” If you are me, it’ll take you a minute to wonder why they are asking this way, because I’m somewhat forgetful in this regard. (My description of a particularly difficult bout of… Read more

Does the Catholic Faith Permit the Use of Artificial Wombs?

If Brave New World is coming soon to a hospital near you, what does that mean for your premature baby? Over the Register, today I’m making predictions about what the next edition of The Catechism will have to say about “artificial womb” technology: Here at the Register, Angelo Stagnaro has recently expressed his grave concerns about the invention of “artificial wombs.” The technology in question is a medical device that simulates an unborn baby’s environment in utero. It is designed as an improvement over… Read more

Catholic? Like to Write? There’s a Conference for That

I have always enjoyed writing.  In school and then at work as an accountant, I was the person who ended up with the writing jobs.  If you leave me with no computer for more than about a day, I will somehow get hold of pen and paper and start writing stuff.  But I didn’t necessarily think of myself as a writer.  I didn’t know how to make the transition from “person who likes to write” to “writer.” Obviously I’ve made… Read more

McDonald’s to Close Down After Accusations of Cultural Appropriation

Just weeks after launching its Great Tastes of America burger series in the United Kingdom, McDonald’s Corporation reports it is shutting down amid accusations that they ripped off their recipes. The accusations arose after advertisements touted a “sweet and tangy South Carolina sauce” that some viewers believed may bear a vague resemblance to mustard-based barbecue sauces used in some regions of the state.  Fox News reports: Though the eatery had been open for several months decades, the owners of Kooks McDonald’s were… Read more

Why Does the Ascension Matter?

Jesus isn’t just a warm feeling before we slip into eternal nothing. Heaven is no abstraction. Read more

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