News Analysis

Resolving Body Dysmorphic Disorder with Hormones?

This week, Australian scientists made an interesting discovery in treating a tough medical condition. The hormone oxytocin has helped people who have trouble matching their body and their brain’s image of their body. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is when people believe that part of their body is malformed or misshaped. This is distinct from Gender Dysphoria […]

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Hands in despair

Assisted Suicide: How the Church Should Behave and WHY

This week, news came out of Seattle of Robert Fuller who died via assisted suicide. Two reports about how his parish dealt with it also emerged. I will quote both reports. His story raises questions about how we as a Church should help people intent on assisted suicide or euthanasia. After the news stories, I will […]

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Pope Francis at an audience on Feb 7 2018

Pope Francis Greets an Autistic Girl

Pope Francis greeted an autistic girl from Naples at his Wednesday audience this week. It took me a bit to see the video but I want to include the video, the article, and some commentary. The Pope with an Autistic Girl The Catholic Register (from Canada) carried the story. During the Aug. 21 gathering in […]

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Helping Out at a Special Needs Mass

A few weeks back I was visiting my family in Calgary and helped out with a special needs Mass. They call it “special needs,” as it can serve a few conditions but I can say that a large percent were autistic. This seems like a great initiative from the diocese and I hope other dioceses […]

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Dr Leana Wen talking at the women's March in Baltimore on January 20, 2018

Planned Parenthood Reminds Us That Abortion Is What They Do

Dr. Leana Wen became the CEO of Planned Parenthood less than a year ago. This afternoon, the board met and kicked her out. She wanted to diversify the healthcare offerings of the abortion giant, but the board wanted to double-down on abortion. PP often claims that abortion is only 3% of what they do: this […]

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Pope Francis in Korea in 2014

Defending Pope Francis as a “Conservative”

A few months back, The Catholic Herald asked me to interview about an article on “conservative” defenders of Pope Francis. I objected to using political labels like “conservative” and for Catholicism but I did the interview. (I have written before about why we should not use these labels.) Today the article was published and including […]

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Happy Autistic Child

Autistics Should Be Welcome in Church (Re: Evensong at Cambridge)

Last Sunday, Dr. Paul Rimmer took his autistic son to Evensong at King’s College at Cambridge. They were asked to leave when his son made noise. Let me cover his letter and the apology then talk about autistic inclusion. Dr. Rimmer’s Letter The main point Dr. Rimmer makes is that Evensong, although a choral – not congregational […]

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DNA

The Confusing Changing Results from DNA Ancestry Tests

As I’ve noted before, companies like 23andMe or AncestryDNA use probability not precise science to determine where your DNA is from. This is why different companies might give you different results. Despite this, in their promotions, they seem to promote its certainty. Recently an article on STAT pointed out a further issue about the psychological […]

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Man made by DNA (CC0 pixabay)

New Chinese Law Makes Embryonic DNA-Editing Illegal

The world got a lot closer to preventing genetically edited babies, at least for the near future. I worried that China would be a place where this would happen as they have the resources and are trying to become a top tier country for innovation, not just manufacturing. However, China has just clarified that at […]

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What Is It Like Being an Autistic Priest?

I am an autistic priest. It is the only life I know. However, being both autistic and a Catholic priest is not the most obvious combo for most people. Since I have made my diagnosis public about a month ago I have given 4 interviews. Hopefully, citing three here will help you understand how I […]

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