December 20, 2020

If your local bishop, the bishops’ conference, the Vatican, and moral theology principles from the Fathers & Doctors disagree whether an act is moral, discernment is in order. If all agree, or most agree & others are silent, we should listen. There is no way to go astray following the Church. This is all the more true when there is agreement both locally and universally, both now and historically. Seeking out another bishop who has no authority over you but… Read more

December 18, 2020

In recent days, several vaccines for COVID have reached the final approval process. The USCCB indicated that Catholics can morally take the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. At least 28 other US bishops have issued concurring statements. There is a concern about remote material cooperation in evil. The USCCB notes it in their statement. However, some have thought this so grave that Catholics should not get vaccinated. Receiving these vaccines is so remote that in our everyday lives we do things… Read more

December 16, 2020

On Monday, the USCCB released a statement on the ethics of COVID vaccines. It noted both the good and the bad. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, chairman of the committee on doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the committee on pro-life activities, signed the statement. This indicates the two key areas in assessing any vaccine: moral theology and pro-life work. They posted both a news story summary and a full 7-page letter. Here I will summarize it with some additional moral… Read more

December 4, 2020

This week, two different sites posted interviews with me. Earlier, I posted the interview on Profiles in Catholicism. Now, I have another interview with a site called Learn from Autistics. This is a website created by the mother of an autistic son where she seeks out ideas from adult autistics to help other parents of autistic children. She interviewed me about autism and religion. Here is the start of the interview. The rest is on their site. Fr. Matthew Schneider is a… Read more

December 3, 2020

Pope Francis wants to make sure every Mass is accessible and people with disabilities can always receive the sacraments. International Day of Persons with Disabilities In 2019, for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Pope Francis noted that we can be ministers not just ministered to. He said, “It is necessary to care for and accompany persons with disabilities in every condition of life… and to make way alongside them and to “anoint” them with dignity for an active… Read more

December 2, 2020

Profiles in Catholicism is a website that tries to interview leaders in the Catholic world. I felt honored when they asked for an interview. I guess I’m some kind of Catholic leader. The interview just went up on their site. I hope that some of you find it helpful. I quite part below, but if you want, the whole interview is on their site. Gordon: When did you receive your vocation With whom did you discuss it and was that… Read more

November 23, 2020

The whole question of vaccines has been simmering in Catholic circles for a while. When COVID vaccines started to be developed, this came up more. Now that we are closing in on approval, it is a big issue. I decided to write a piece on the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines. My unique angle is to examine degrees of remoteness in cooperation in evil or appropriation of evil. The main point being that once you get to these the steps… Read more

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