November 24, 2018

Have scientists proven the story of Noah’s Ark? A most interesting article popped up in the news feed this morning. The headline asks whether some great cataclysm happened before Adam and Eve. The story goes like this: In one of the most provocative and misunderstood studies of the year, scientists in the U.S. and Switzerland have made an astonishing discovery: All humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked… Read more

October 29, 2018

I couldn’t help noticing the irony that the terrible shooting over the weekend took place in a synagogue named “Tree of Life” My blog post today over at my main blog explores the heart of darkness in yet another senseless killing in America. So in a calm weekend in suburbia another gunman loads his weapon and starts the killing. The fact that our country is faced weekly with outbreaks of absurd and horrible murders indicates a serious sickness in the… Read more

August 15, 2018

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

August 3, 2018

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

July 21, 2018

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

July 19, 2018

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

July 14, 2018

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

July 12, 2018

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

July 9, 2018

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

July 6, 2018

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

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