Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Pewsitter’s Contempt for the Poor

Good to see this stuff get called out.  Well done, padre! [Read more…]

On Disordered Appetites, “Hoosier Hysteria” and Original Sin

A reader writes: I liked your thoughtful post and its many excellent points about both the left and the right. However, when I got to this part, I had to stop and reread it several times: “But no real justice will have been done. The people who do not and never will be able to [Read More…]

On the Development of Doctrine–for a Perplexed Reader

A reader writes:  I converted to the Catholic faith in 2000. I accepted the fact that revelation, from the Church’s viewpoint, includes both Scripture and Sacred Tradition. At that time, however, I understood that Tradition came from the Apostles. It does.  But it often comes in seed form and is most assuredly not fleshed out [Read More…]

Humanum Video Series on Marriage and Family

A reader writes: I thought you might find this useful and interesting. The three-day Vatican-sponsored international, interfaith colloquium titled “The Complementarity of Man and Woman” drew together 14 different religious traditions from 23 countries from Nov. 17 to 19 in 2014. They’ve done an excellent job sharing much of the collequium online. A really beautiful [Read More…]

A reader argues with a Bible Only Christian about the Death Penalty

He writes: I am having a little bit of a comment debate with an acquaintance over he death penalty. He is an evangelical christian and believes God is very much for it citing the Noahic Covenant, Jesus affirming Pilate’s right to kill him the Mosaic Law etc. He is not a catholic, so he would [Read More…]

Noodling the Question of ET and God

A friend writes: What if extra-terrestrials, for example, are just highly complex critters, something like porpoises or thinking computers with opposable thumbs, but are not called additionally, gratuitously and blessedly to the beatific vision?  In this case planet earth is not diluted within a universe of billions of possibly life-sustaining planets populated by rational thingamajigs, and the [Read More…]

Catholics in SPAAAAAAACE Open Thread

A reader asks: Mark, supposing the Vatican has plans to colonize Alpha Centauri—which it most assuredly does—what all would need to go into the mission prep? How would the relationship between the Pope and bishops be handled in the absence of FTL communications? I’m looking for an approach informed by canon law. Of course, I [Read More…]

A Muslim Reader Puzzles about the Concept of “Secular Blasphemers

Responding to this piece about the curious affinity between secular blasphemers and right wing Christian torture defenders, he writes: Peace be upon you, I am a Muslim from turkey, I want you ask you a question, is there a difference between secular and blasphemer, what does it mean to say secular blaspemers, are there non secular blasphemers? Pleased [Read More…]

Good News from Korea and Some Reflections on Bums

A reader writes: I just thought I’d send you a quick note.  I’m in Korea on a week long business trip, and yesterday I went to 11:00 mass at a local parish.  What a wonderful experience.  The mass was beautifully and reverently celebrated. The folks were friendly and inviting.  The parish was vigorous, full of [Read More…]

A question about body, soul, and spirit

A reader writes: i like your articles… a quick question. how do we distinguish soul from spirit? is “and with your spirit” the same as “and with your soul?” idk, i don’t think so, but idk. thanks for any explanations. Paul writes: “May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit [Read More…]