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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Steve Greydanus noodles the DC/Marvel movie universes

He writes: So Warner/DC is planning to introduce a veteran, established Batman in the DC cinematic universe established in MAN OF STEEL. Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel, which just closed a deal with Sony to allow Spider-Man to appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (though Sony will still retain film rights to Spider-Man), is planning on introducing the [Read More…]

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Is the Church in Better Shape Than We Thought?

A reader writes: I stumbled across a book that caused me to re-consider whether western Christianity was coming to an end, or was it in better shape (if not size) than ever. The common view is, we are losing the culture war and the decline of western Christianity as evidenced by the falling church attendance rates [Read More…]

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A Question about Damnation, Sabbath-Keeping, Rules, and Relationship

A reader writes: I was wondering if you could help me.  I’ve seen a number of testimonials by those who have had near death experiences as well as some of the visions of the Saints as well as writings of the fathers that describe the torture at the hands of the demons in hell. None of which, of course, are binding on the [Read More…]

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A reader struggles with “making revelation happen”

He writes: I hope this email finds you.  I truly enjoy reading your article in Northwest Catholic each month.  However, your recent writing leaves me with an un-answered question…”How do I truly receive revelation?”  This is in reference to your description of John being the recipient of revelation and you go on to write…And when [Read More…]

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