What if there were a terrible scandal in the church and the leading cardinal archbishop of the nation decided to accept the blame and wrote this resignation letter? Go here to read it   Read more

Pope Francis’ ruling that the death penalty is inadmissible in all circumstances has raised the temperature on this debate in the Catholic Church. I’ve written on the subject over at my main blog here and on the hierarchy of truth in the Catholic Church here. My own views? I think it is a good decision from a moral point of view, but am concerned about the philosophical foundations of the decision, and have explained this in my two blog posts…. Read more

What is to be made of the increasing moral confusion and seeming collusion of the Catholic bishops in the new wave of sexual scandals? Ed Condon at Catholic News Agency outlines the problem here. He points out that the case of Cardinal McCarrick is just one of a number of scandals on the level of bishops, archbishops and cardinals. Commenting on the Pineda resignation and the McCarrick scandal he goes on to say, Many had hoped that Church was seeing… Read more

The Washington Post reports here about a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that is weeping perfumed olive oil. The image is a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe–itself a miraculous image that is venerated in Mexico. As usual, Catholics take a common sense view of such phenomena. We are encouraged to look for all natural explanations first, but not to rule out the supernatural. We are to be skeptical but not cynical–believing but not gullible. When these things happen… Read more

I watched with curiosity the big protest against Trump in London this week. As regular readers will know, I’m not a big fan of Mr Trump, however what we saw in London really had very little to do with Donald Trump. Something else was going on which was much more interesting that Trump, a blimp and a crowd of angry people. What was interesting was the anger. I watched a few interviews with protesters and there seemed to be a… Read more

From the beginning I expressed my personal dislike of Donald Trump, and some right wing websites have even branded me a “Never Trumper”. I still don’t like the man, but I think he’s made some good decisions. Time will tell whether his legacy is a good one, or whether he crashes and burns. Putting aside my personal dislike of him, and setting aside his decisions and actions, what interests me most about Trump is his personality type and people’s reactions… Read more

Through the marvels of modern technology the whole world is watching the cave rescue in Thailand. I am as caught up in the story as many others, and I got to pondering why the story is so captivating for millions. Of course there are the obvious reasons. Every parent is on tenterhooks as we would be if our own ten year old boy was missing for weeks and stranded in a cave. We’re captivated by the heroes who are going… Read more

Amy Coney Barrett is a Catholic. Not what we might call a Kennedy Catholic or a Pelosi Catholic or a Joe Biden Catholic who support gay marriage and abortion and who knows what else. She’s a committed, conservative practicing Catholic. She’s got seven kids–five of her own and two adopted from Haiti. When she was being grilled about her nomination for circuit court judge Dianne Feinstein said, “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that is a concern.” Should a judge’s… Read more

Abortion advocates are alarmed that, with the replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy the Supreme Court will lurch to the right and the constant challenges to abortion from the states will be approved, abortion will continue to be restricted and perhaps the historic Roe v Wade decision will be overturned, opening the way for abortion to be criminalized again. I have always been pro-life, have been on a bunch of March for Life expeditions, led youth groups to Washington for March… Read more

There is an interesting angle to the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the Colorado baker who declined to provide a wedding cake for the wedding of a same sex couple. I believe he made the same case that was brought out in a similar story of the florist who declined to provide flowers for a same sex wedding. Baronelle Suzman’s case has also been appealed to the Supreme Court. She claims that declining to provide flowers for a same sex… Read more

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