There are medical journals and there are medical journals

Every time some anti-vax propagandist sends me something about his quack obsession, he quotes some medical journal somewhere as though this is the ultimate trump card.  If it’s published in something that calls itself a medical journal, it’s gotta be SCIENCE[TM]!, right? Not so much as you might think actually.  Here, for instance, is the [Read More...]

Laudato Si, Screwtape, Men, Women, and My Lack of Charity

Francis sez: We are always capable of going out of ourselves towards the other. Unless we do this, other creatures will not be recognized for their true worth; we are unconcerned about caring for things for the sake of others; we fail to set limits on ourselves in order to avoid the suffering of others [Read More...]

Laudato Si on True Freedom of Choice

204. The current global situation engenders a feeling of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes “a seedbed for collective selfishness”.[145] When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits [Read More...]

Had Fun talking about Laudato Si with Dale Ahlquist Yesterday

… on “Connecting the Dots”. Give it a listen! You can find all my “Connecting the Dots” podcasts here. [Read more...]

False Prophets…

…whether of the population bomb types (whose prophecies resulted in forced sterilization for millions of people) or of “Democracy will bloom and grow!” war zealot types (resulting in a million deaths in Iraq followed by ISIS and the brutal murder of the Church in the Mideast) have one thing in common: no matter how massively [Read More...]

A Priest Friend Writes from Ireland about Stephen Colbert

Saw your article on Stephen Colbert. Sadly we don’t get him this side of the pond but by the powers of YouTube I’ve discovered he has thing for 70s Catholic Church pop & more importantly a big fan of Tolkien (& Star Wars) – so he can pass! It’s remarkable – to see someone who [Read More...]

Prayer Request

A reader writes: I am requesting some prayers. We are from St. Louis, MO but spending some time in Bellingham, WA right now. One of our kids, named Jacob, is 5 and has undergoing treatment for leukemia for a year and a half. He unexpectedly has low platelets and very compromised immune system, and his [Read More...]

Laudato Si on Catholic Triumphalism

Believers themselves must constantly feel challenged to live in a way consonant with their faith and not to contradict it by their actions. They need to be encouraged to be ever open to God’s grace and to draw constantly from their deepest convictions about love, justice and peace. If a mistaken understanding of our own [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Need to Use, not Worship, the Intellect

It cannot be maintained that empirical science provides a complete explanation of life, the interplay of all creatures and the whole of reality. This would be to breach the limits imposed by its own methodology. If we reason only within the confines of the latter, little room would be left for aesthetic sensibility, poetry, or [Read More...]

Laudato Si on Screwtape’s Use of Fashions to Stampede Us

In an age in which the super-rich are plundering the poor and impoverishing the Middle Class, the task of the organs of propaganda in their employ is to make sure that the very people being fleeced are vigilantly on guard, not against the fleecers, but against the spectre of Big Government–the only entity capable of [Read More...]