A reader writes from (appropriately enough) Scotland to say…

so Im on a molinism site that discusses different understandings of gods sovereignty, foreknowledge, predestination vs freedom, etc…and are now critiquing the Calvinists who are saying God pre-ordained Trumps win…all sorts of banter going on…the best line I saw? ….”and the open theists are saying “Wow – not even God saw THIS one coming!” (That [Read More…]

A reader asks about artificially feeding dying people

She writes: Hi, Mark–I didn’t know who to ask about this, but I think you will either have a good answer or will be able to direct me to someone who will have a good answer.  It is this:   When one creates one’s Will, he is asked if, at the extremities of life, that [Read More…]

Conversation with a devout, prolife, Catholic woman of color

…whose faith has taken a beating at the hands of “Vote Trump or You Are a Baby-Killing Apostate!” Catholics. She writes: And once again I’m at this impasse. If being Catholic means being white supremacist and misogynist then it’s clearly not the One True Faith. I can’t believe in a God that created the idea [Read More…]

A genuinely Christian response to our miserable candidates

A readers writes: I was walking my dog and praying this am and suddenly I saw the brokenness of both candidates. Hillary feeling so betrayed, unloved and empty and Donald filling his empty places with more wealth and power. Both of them needing Truth and love more than anything else. Pray and pray some more [Read More…]

Had an Interesting Conversation with Robert P. George…

…about my recent contretemps with Dr. Edward Feser about the death penalty (see here and here). Dr. George writes: In fact, the Church can and has changed its teaching on the death penalty, and it can and does (now) teach that it is intrinsically wrong (not merely prudentially inadvisable). Both John Paul II in Evangelium [Read More…]

Reckless Voting Arguments

A reader writes: I was wondering whether you could address the issue of “Donald Trump is imperfect but God uses imperfect people to work out His plans, therefore I won’t hesitate to vote for him” line of thinking. I’ve been hearing this more and more from Catholics and Christians, both online and in person, and [Read More…]

A reader writes from Ireland

I am sitting in a rather new coffeehouse complete with eclectic selection of second hand furniture & light vocals. It all looks quite hipster & a different breed & blend from the Seattle coffee megacorp. But to the observant you notice the affirmative quotes, the photos of tin huts in the developing world & the [Read More…]

What’s the Church’s understanding of Scripture

A Protestant reader asks: Mark, I am trying to understand the Catholic church’s view of Scripture and its relationship to Jesus as the Word of God. In a similar vein, what role does scripture have in determining truth, doctrine, etc.? As always, not trying to argue, trying to understand. The nice thing about being Catholic [Read More…]

A Thomistic Analysis of Dad Jokes

Reader Peter Holmes puts his Catholic education to good use by writing: Whether some jokes are not Dad jokes Objection 1: The joke relies on knowledge not usually possessed by children. The joke is addressed to Facebook users who are, by law, over 14 years old. Therefore it is not a Dad joke. Objection 2: The [Read More…]

A reader asks for my take on the election

He writes: I trust your judgment on this whole crazy presidential race this year.  I do not like or trust either candidate so it really boils down to the fact that the next president will be nominating a minimum of two and as many as four justices that will shape the court for the next [Read More…]