July 22, 2015

The greatest danger that money poses is that it ceases to have anything to do with the value of goods at all, and becomes a way of measuring the value of a human life. Read more

July 22, 2015

What is money? Read more

July 21, 2015

Seriously. Read more

July 20, 2015

Just a couple of days ago, I was reading a Vice interview with Noel Biderman the founder of AshleyMadison.com – the world’s largest on-line hook-up site for people seeking adulterous affairs. The interview points to a significant problem in the way that pro-life and pro-family Catholics often approach the abortion issue. Read more

July 20, 2015

I talked last time about how sexual identities – male and female – arise out of a complex interplay between sexual biology and cultural ideas about gender, and I promised to talk about how that relates to transgender identities and to gender dysphoria. Read more

July 19, 2015

I want to start with the most basic question in debates around trans identities: what is the difference between sex and gender? Read more

July 18, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner is back in the headlines for her speech at the ESPYs, and, on a somewhat surprising note, Gay Star News has published a piece explaining why the Catholic Church, and particularly Pope Francis, may not hate trans people after all. Read more

July 14, 2015

There is a situation that I often encounter in my work. A person has been told by their pastor, spiritual director or confessor that, in their case, some particular sexual sin does not meet the criteria necessary for a sin to be mortal. It’s grave matter, sure, but there are extenuating circumstances of one kind or another that prevent them from being able to exercise the kind of complete, deliberate freedom that is required for mortal sin. Their director or… Read more

July 11, 2015

In the wake of the legalization of same-sex marriage, some Christians have started asking: how can we move forward from here? Some are still committed to the legal battle to overturn SSM, but most seem to be aware that a shift in footing is necessary. Lobbyists are increasingly putting their efforts into the protection of religious freedoms – in particular the protection of the freedom of churches not to perform same-sex weddings. Read more

July 11, 2015

So, take a minute. Make a list. If you’re a theology nerd, and you’re aware, for example, of St. Thomas Aquinas’ extensive lists of possible mortal sins then you might still be scribbling as the minute waltz fades away. But if you’re just a normal, reasonably well catechized Catholic the list is probably something like “Murder…Suicide…ummm…Theft. If you steal something big, that’s mortal…maybe…Torture. Mutilation…Blasphemy…and I think the catechism says that drunk driving is a mortal sin…Oh yeah, and missing Mass… Read more

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