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…]

Interesting Discussion with a Reader

He writes: I share a quote that you probably know well: “It is not for us to guess in what manner or moment the mercy of God might in any case have rescued the world; but it is certain that the struggle which established Christendom would have been very different if there bad been an [Read More…]

A reader struggles with a sense of loneliness in the Church

He writes: I just came across your “honest and heartfelt exchange with a friend who feels l have changed” — on Patheos.  It resonates, thank you.  In many ways this has been my experience as well.  So I wanted to write a short note to encourage you. Our parish here in Alberta is very conservative [Read More…]

A Note from a Holy Woman

She writes: I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your recent article on suffering. I have been in chronic pain since I was in my 20s, and am nearly incapacitated now (I am 62) because of rheumatoid arthritis.  The pain I experience on a daily basis is nearly indescribable. I have [Read More…]

A reader grapples with cynicism, negativity, and despair

He writes: I can relate to much of your response to Joe Grabowski. How can those of us who are in a similar situation to the one you described in your reply to Joe Grabowski do to reach out to our Catholic brethren who have fallen prey to the wolves on the left and right, [Read More…]