How to Be Happy, Pope Francis-Style

What is the recipe for happiness?Argentine journalist Pablo Calvo asked that question of Pope Francis during an audience July 7 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.  The pope answered amiably, addressing a group of Argentine emigrants and offering ten points.I confess:  I read these pointers in La Croix, the French Catholic newspaper.  That means I read the Pope's pointers in English translated from French which was translated from Spanish.  To simplify all of this, I offer the pointers in my ow … [Read more...]

At Ohio State, Test Alleges That Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

Undergraduate students at Ohio State University should know that atheists are smarter than Christians.At least, that's the viewpoint reflected on a for-credit homework quiz in a Psychology 1100 course.  The assignment included the following question: Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.  Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian. Aine earns less money than Theo. Theo is more liberal than Aine. Theo is an … [Read more...]

Dulia and Hyperdulia: Do Catholics Really Worship Mary?

Repeat after me:  Catholics do not worship Mary.Catholics do not worship Mary.Catholics do not worship Mary.I mention this because that scurrilous claim has turned up several times recently in my comment boxes.  The accusation has shown up in response to various posts, tossed in by some well-meaning, God-fearing Christian who wants to protect society from the Catholic Church.In his or her mind, prayer to the Mother of God is the ultimate evidence of apostasy:  The Bible clearly sa … [Read more...]


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