January 17, 2021

This is the third and final post on Fr. Ripperger and vaccines in his podcast interview. The first focused on his problem with failing to identify the object of most vaccination as immunization. The second focused on his bad argument that fetal cell lines are continual theft. Both had issues with bad science and bad sourcing. This last post will bring out moral errors coming from scientific errors even clearer. This piece will focus on bad scientific info about types… Read more

January 15, 2021

This is the second in a three-part series analyzing Fr. Chad Ripperger on COVID-19 vaccines. If you have not read the first one, it might be good to review it. I base these posts on a podcast interview on Sensus Fidelium where he lays out bad information repeatedly. This post will focus on the argument that vaccines using fetal cell lines in production or testing are committing a “continual theft” and are thus proximate, or barely remote, cooperation in evil. I have… Read more

January 13, 2021

Yes, you read that right. Fr. Ripperger said only a certain type of vaccines are licit in the object and the vast majority have never had one of those vaccines so he’s saying every vaccine most of us have taken is illicit in its object. After I reviewed the video of Fr. Dave Nix, people kept sending me another podcast. I had initially declined to listen to over an hour when the “expert” made multiple factual errors early in the… Read more

January 11, 2021

As Pope Francis indicated the year of St. Joseph, I’ve been thinking a bit about how I can better live devotion to him. Every week, my community has an hour for spiritual formation together. This week, someone found a talk on St. Joseph by John C. Cavadini. Cavadini is the director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame. He gave a 1-hour talk titled “St. Joseph, A Father Rich in Mercy.” Although Mercy was in the title he… Read more

January 8, 2021

Our goal as Catholics is to share Jesus’ message with the whole world. A big part of this message comes down to credibility. We know the faith is true, but that is not the only aspect of persuasion. If we are credible people beyond faith, then others are far more likely to accept our messages. Promoting conspiracy theories harms our credibility. The recent tendency of many in the Catholic online sphere to buy into conspiracy theories, nonsense, or pseudoscience has… Read more

January 7, 2021

This is an old article of mine about genetic privacy from 2017. You can note my initial interest in the topic of privacy which in the 3.5 years since has become a big part of my doctoral thesis. I had posted it on ZENIT. With ZENIT suspending operations at the end of 2020, I fear it will go offline, so I’m reposting it here in full. In recent days [in 2017], the issue of whether employers and insurers can require… Read more

January 6, 2021

As you may know, I am currently writing a doctoral degree in moral theology. Another priest-friend of mine, Fr. Louis Melahn, LC, is doing the same, but in Rome. He and a few others have taken up the issue of what to do in the case there are insufficient ventilators in an ICU. As ICUs reach 100% capacity with COVID, this might become an issue that comes up in US hospitals. I think Fr. Louis and the other collaborators make… Read more

December 29, 2020

A few days before Christmas, I posted a critique of Fr. Dave Nix’s video against COVID vaccines. I had gone line by line pointing out errors. In the time since then, several other things have come to light indicating Fr. Nix is even further confused on vaccines. This is dangerous stuff to be promoting as a Catholic priest and is damaging to the faithful. I will briefly address his response to my video, then cover some other things people found… Read more

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

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