CNN, “Finding Jesus”, & Conversation


So, I've been meaning to share the news of my new job; but things have been so busy that I never seem to get around to it. However, to situate this post, the background would help. On December 1, I started as the Associate Dean of the Augustine Institute's new Orange County campus at Christ Cathedral. It's been a great experience and I'll be sharing more about the role in future posts.Monday night, we joined  the Orange Catholic Foundation and the Diocese of Orange to host a screening of C … [Read more...]

Who’s Charlie Now?

It was just a few weeks ago, days really, that most people in France and many around the world were saying, even at the Golden Globes (right?), "Je suis Charlie," ["I am Charlie."] identifying with the staff at the French publication Charlie Hebdo who were brutally murdered by Islamic extremists.While I am not a supporter of the content that Charlie Hebdo generated, I will defend their right to say what they said.Interestingly, last week, a French court convicted three people for writing … [Read more...]

“Charlie Hebdo” – Free Speech Or A Very Different Issue Altogether?

The inexcusable and inhuman attacks on the staff of the French publication Charlie Hebdo have prompted some good discussion about free speech. But is free speech really the issue? George Weigel writes what may be the most interesting article on this topic and maintains that the Charlie doesn't actually fall under the category of satire. Rather its tone is closer to nihilism. The issue is not about rights, but about deeper philosophical considerations that shape our very understanding of the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles, Sunshine, and Pro-Life

Photo - Pia de Solenni

Los Angeles knows how to do a pro-life walk/rally. After oh-so-many freezing (but, of course worth it!) Marches for Life in DC and Olympia, WA, it was almost surreal to be at a pro-life gathering with warm sunshine instead of snow, rain, and whatever other chilling effects of weather that exist.70 degrees. Sunscreen. Sunglasses. Sitting on the grass. In the sunshine. Saturday, January 17.Aside from the spectacular weather, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in its first ever pro-life rally … [Read more...]

From Ferguson – A Different Voice

Photo from @RyanJReilly/HuffPost.

Look, I get anger. I get injustice. I get the sense that people need to do something about it. But I don't get senseless violence and destruction, which is why I've stayed quiet about Ferguson. Many others have done a fine job commenting on it.However, I just came across a great video of a St. Louis native, Terrence Williams, whose photo went viral when it was recently published by the Huffington Post.Honestly, I'm conflicted. I don't think a photo like this should be news. Then again, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis – Still Catholic, Still Pro-Life


On Saturday, Pope Francis gave an address to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on the occasion of the organization's 70th anniversary.For those who have been pondering whether the Pope is still Catholic, still pro-life, etc., I recommend it. And it's a good read regardless. In particular, his emphasis that medical ethics is not about religion or philosophy. It's about science: The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a "false compassion", that which believes that it is: helpful to … [Read more...]