There has been some debate about the role of technology in homilies. Dioceses might run a video of the bishop in place of the homily or others may be adverse to almost any technology in church. I take a slightly more moderated view which Homiletic and Pastoral Review recently published. Here are a few highlights. I want to go a little deeper than matters such as the “effectiveness” or “process” of preaching to focus on the arguments around the homily… Read more

People have asked me for a long time to help with their social media. Many people asked assuming there is a quick easy technical fix but this often is not the case. I have made presentations on this topic several times and recorded a version done a few months ago. This version is split nicely into 4 parts and each video is 20-30 minutes with the video interspersed with the PowerPoint slides (editing took me a bit of time and… Read more

Trump just named his second Supreme Court judge, Brett Kavanaugh. Let’s understand the pick and indicate it’s implications for abortion. First, from CNN: President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to join the US Supreme Court, setting the stage for a dramatic confirmation battle over a stalwart conservative who could shape the direction of the court for decades to come. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace a frequent swing vote on the bench, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often sided with his… Read more

Before euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal, the whole debate is about people who are in grave pain yet completely in their right minds. The proponents talk about people who are terminally ill and just want to end their suffering. Once it is legal, we see how often euthanasia becomes a very slippery slope happens otherwise. In some cases, the person didn’t clearly have a full mind or didn’t clearly consent. In other cases, it is a calculation of how… Read more

Gabriela Michetti, the VP of Argentina, is a disabled woman. She is against abortion in ALL cases. However, when the debate on abortion started in the Senate, there was some mansplaining and ableism directed against her after she mentioned she was against abortion after rape. What Happened in Argentina I’ve translated the following report from Clarín, the largest newspaper in Argentina. Deputy Daniel Lipovetzky was very critical of Vice President Gabriela Michetti on Monday, in relation to the statements she made about abortion in La Nación [a large Argentine… Read more

This morning the Supreme Court ruled that California can’t force Crisis Pregnancy Centers to offer information on abortion. As the Washinton Post reports: The Supreme Court said Tuesday that pregnancy centers established to persuade women to continue their pregnancies do not have to tell their clients about the availability of state-offered services, including abortion. […] Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the 5 to 4 decision. He said that the “government-drafted script” specifically mentions abortion — “the very practice that petitioners are devoted… Read more

Michael Horne provides an excellent primer on all the dangers for kids regarding technology in The Tech Talk but he spends scant time showing the good side that can be there. Almost a year ago, I was on an EWTN panel with Dr. Michael Horne, PsyD. He mentioned a  soon-to-be-published book he wrote on kids and technology – I noted I might be interested in reviewing it. OSV published it in Fall 2017 and sent me free copy, but it… Read more

Pope Francis has condemned the practice of Eugenic abortions in no uncertain terms. Doctors and society abort children just because a genetic or other test shows some kind of disability in the child. As CNA reported Francis’s words: “I’ve heard that it’s fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let’s send it away,” the pope said June 16,… Read more

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Rickard Newman who is a convert to Catholicism and the writer and co-director of the movie “Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae”. Me: Can you tell me a little about how you came to know the Catholic Church and its teachings on sexual morality? Rickard: I grew up in Sweden and was baptized in the Lutheran Church, but we didn’t go to church, my faith was never fostered and I opted… Read more

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