Laudato Si on the Common Sense Fact that a Global Political Authority…

… will be necessary to deal with lawless transnational corporations.  He is, of course, in line with his predecessors on this, but American conservatives will still wet themselves about it.  We easily forget that the Church was *born* in the context of a “One World Government” called the Roman  Empire and had no particular problem [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Hope that Peter Has a Louder Voice Than the 1%

We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels – especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay. Until greater progress is made in developing widely accessible sources of renewable energy, it is legitimate to choose the lesser of two [Read More...]

Laudato Si on Generation Narcissus

We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. Since the world has [Read More...]

Laudato Si on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

In the present condition of global society, where injustices abound and growing numbers of people are deprived of basic human rights and considered expendable, the principle of the common good immediately becomes, logically and inevitably, a summons to solidarity and a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters. This option entails recognizing [Read More...]

5 Myths about Seven Books: Now in German!

Here it is! [Read more...]

Laudato Si on the Common Good

Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development. It has also to do with the overall welfare of society and the development of a variety of intermediate groups, applying the principle of subsidiarity. Outstanding among [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Hidden Link Between Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood and Monsanto

It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy [Read More...]

Laudato Si on George Bailey’s Building and Loan vs. Mr. Potter

Lack of housing is a grave problem in many parts of the world, both in rural areas and in large cities, since state budgets usually cover only a small portion of the demand. Not only the poor, but many other members of society as well, find it difficult to own a home. Having a home [Read More...]

According to the Official Toilet Paper Patent

“Over” is the correct way to put the roll on. God said it.  I believe it.  That settles it. Of course, one reader dissents: We don’t have a holder at all, so we set the roll on the side of the bathtub. We’re anarchists. Some people just want to watch the world burn. [Read more...]

Laudato Si on the Blessedness of the Poor That is Hidden from the Wise

An admirable creativity and generosity is shown by persons and groups who respond to environmental limitations by alleviating the adverse effects of their surroundings and learning to orient their lives amid disorder and uncertainty. For example, in some places, where the façades of buildings are derelict, people show great care for the interior of their [Read More...]