Laudato Si on the Catholic Faith’s Capraesque Cockeyed Optimism

Catholics insist upon free will, even when every Communist and Capitalist in the world tells them that economic “forces” are an unstoppable juggernaut of historical inevitability.  We hold, with Tolkien, that supposedly small and unimportant people can disturb the counsels of the Great and Wise: Yet we can once more broaden our vision. We have [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Cult of Power

Technology tends to absorb everything into its ironclad logic, and those who are surrounded with technology “know full well that it moves forward in the final analysis neither for profit nor for the well-being of the human race”, that “in the most radical sense of the term power is its motive – a lordship over [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Gun Cult

We have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups. Decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions about the kind of society we want to build. So [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Difference Between Cooperating with the Creator…

…and raping creation: Men and women have constantly intervened in nature, but for a long time this meant being in tune with and respecting the possibilities offered by the things themselves. It was a matter of receiving what nature itself allowed, as if from its own hand. Now, by contrast, we are the ones to [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Goodness of Science and Technology

Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads. We are the beneficiaries of two centuries of enormous waves of change: steam engines, railways, the telegraph, electricity, automobiles, aeroplanes, chemical industries, modern medicine, information technology and, more recently, the digital revolution, robotics, biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. It is [Read More...]

Laudato Si’s Deadly Challenge to the Entire Libertarian Mindset

The principle of the subordination of private property to the universal destination of goods, and thus the right of everyone to their use, is a golden rule of social conduct and “the first principle of the whole ethical and social order”.[71] The Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, [Read More...]

Laudato Si vs. Earth Firsters and Human Extinction Movement Misanthropes

A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Cruelty of the Idolator to the Idol

The bishops of Brazil have pointed out that nature as a whole not only manifests God but is also a locus of his presence. The Spirit of life dwells in every living creature and calls us to enter into relationship with him.[65]Discovering this presence leads us to cultivate the “ecological virtues”.[66]This is not to forget [Read More...]

Laudato Si Franciscan Mystical and Biblical Poet of Creation Shout Out

God has written a precious book, “whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe”.[54] The Canadian bishops rightly pointed out that no creature is excluded from this manifestation of God: “From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuing [Read More...]

Laudato Si on why atheist materialists blunder…

…in assuming that evolution reduces us to unusually clever hunks of meat: Human beings, even if we postulate a process of evolution, also possess a uniqueness which cannot be fully explained by the evolution of other open systems. Each of us has his or her own personal identity and is capable of entering into dialogue with [Read More...]

Laudato Si Thomist/Evolutionist Shout Out

Yet God, who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done. “The Holy Spirit can be said to possess an infinite creativity, proper to the divine mind, which knows how to loosen the knots of human affairs, including the most complex [Read More...]

Prayer Request for Kreed

A reader writes: Another prayer request for Kreed the autistic teenager, please? They’ve found that at least part of the recent trouble was that his gall bladder was shutting down. He just got out of surgery to get it removed, and they had to call a code because he completely stopped breathing. He’s breathing again [Read More...]

America: The Land Where Life…

…is patently offensive. Such moments remind me that the real love of country, like the love of God, cannot be predicated merit or deserving, but simply on gratuitous love that goes on loving its object whether the love is deserved or not, and often when the object of love acts like an enemy of the [Read More...]

More Tasty Goodness from Fr. Robert Barron

Don’t miss out on Fr. Barron’s new DVD, The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters, along with its accompanying study program. In this film, Fr. Barron explores what Christians mean by “God” and teaches how you can respond to the most common objections put forward by atheists and skeptics. Leaning on the wisdom [Read More...]

Today’s Chance to Do a Work of Mercy

Please go here to help a woman suffering from PTSD and living on a fixed income that makes her poorer every year (her increase was $27.  Her expenses have risen by $200). Thanks you guys.  You are always so generous! [Read more...]

10 Steps to Becoming a Better Fiction Writer

For those of you pursuing a writing life. Here are my tips: 1. Make stuff up 2. Use puns 3. Work the word “tergiversation” into your dialogue somewhere, preferably several times, as in “Her tergiversation whispered to him like the breath of a dying mastodon.” 4. Create as much conflict as possible as quickly as [Read More...]

Laudato Si on Our Claims to Absolute Ownership

We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us. This allows us to respond to the charge that Judaeo-Christian thinking, on the basis of the Genesis account which grants man “dominion” over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), has encouraged the unbridled exploitation of nature by painting him as domineering [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Dignity of the Human Person

Those who are committed to defending human dignity can find in the Christian faith the deepest reasons for this commitment. How wonderful is the certainty that each human life is not adrift in the midst of hopeless chaos, in a world ruled by pure chance or endlessly recurring cycles! The Creator can say to each [Read More...]

Laudato Si on more reasons Movement Conservatism hates Francis’ living guts

In the meantime, economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to speculation and the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment. Here we see how environmental deterioration and human and ethical [Read More...]

Laudato Si on the Fact that Corporations are Now the Biggest Threats to Human Liberty

The establishment of a legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable; otherwise, the new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm not only our politics but also freedom and justice. 54. It is remarkable how weak international political responses have been. The failure of [Read More...]

Laudato Si on Why American Movement Conservatism Hates and Fears Francis

Because he attacks the irresponsible monied interests that the Party of Mammon Worship adores and serves: Inequity affects not only individuals but entire countries; it compels us to consider an ethics of international relations. A true “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial imbalances with effects on the environment, [Read More...]