July 1, 2020

In recent weeks, many places have required people to wear masks when entering. Close contact with others could transmit COVID without a mask. However, not everyone wants to. And some people with certain disabilities are unable to wear one. They might use a face shield instead, so it isn’t that they avoid all protection. However, some people created online sites saying one could fake a disability and avoid wearing a mask. Faking a disability for this purpose breaks at least… Read more

June 30, 2020

I’ve seen a number of posts of people freaking out on social media telling everyone to disable COVID-19 notifications. I want to encourage you instead to make sure they are turned on. I also want to encourage you to download the tracing app once available. I even want to encourage states to make one. The main concern people have is privacy and I also have a similar concern. However, cryptographers at Google and Apple figured out a way that protects that…. Read more

June 9, 2020

Deepfakes are a new technology where a person’s face is taken from stills or video and put onto some other video making it appear like they did whatever is in the subsequent video. Such videos are quickly becoming indistinguishable from real videos. I want to take a summary of deepfakes – the technology and the uses – then analyze the moral issues The Reality of Deepfakes Forbes recently ran a story. It began: Last month during ESPN’s hit documentary series The… Read more

May 29, 2020

On Wednesday, May 20, it came out that the bishops of Minnesota will open their Churches for liturgy despite a state order to the contrary. A few days later, the state of Minnesota relented and let churches open. Two days after the bishops defied the state order, Trump said governors should allow churches to reopen “right now for this weekend.” Later, he added, “In America, we need more prayer, not less.” On the same day, Gov. Wolf indicated that Philadelphia… Read more

May 14, 2020

When I wrote on soon to be Blessed Carlo Acutis, I got the same reply from many. I titled my article, “Patron Saint of the Internet? Carlo Acutis to Be Beatified.” Many objected that Isidore of Seville was actually the patron saint of the Internet. That lead me down a rabbit hole to see if Isidore had ever been so named officially. It seems like he has not been. The results of my research were posted a few days ago… Read more

May 13, 2020

A while back, I spoke about welcoming autistic individuals to Mass and religious education on a Podcast. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Respect Life has a regular podcast about a wider perspective of pro-life issues. They invited me on the podcast to talk about how ordinary Catholics can welcome autistic individuals. We spoke about issues like a sensory-friendly Mass, religious education, accepting autistic quirks, etc. Jesus wants everyone to live virtue, to live the mission, to live like Jesus. This includes… Read more

May 7, 2020

Silence, listening to the voice of God, a personal encounter with the living God, deep prayer… Most of us say we want these, but does our spiritual environment produce them? Reflecting on how society twists our material desires makes me think about how it twists our spiritual desires. Recognizing the need to fulfill our natural desire properly, should lead us to also see the need to fulfill our spiritual desires. I think there is an analogy between the distorted or… Read more

May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, Trent Horn had John Kraemer and me on his podcast to discuss ministering to the disabled. Trent Horn asked us about our experiences and how we thought the Catholic Church could better minister to the disabled. Here is the podcast (Google Play, iTunes, Stitcher, iHeart embedded): Here’s a little background on the host and other guest. (I assume if you are a reader here, you know who I am, if not, read my bio for general info… Read more

April 28, 2020

John and Claire Grabowski, One Body: A Program of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment for the New Evangelization (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road, 2018) John and Claire Grabowski recently wrote One Body aback in 2018. I had submitted a review someone said they’d publish soon, but since almost two years later it isn’t published, I’m posting it to my blog. The book is a study guide for marriage preparation or marriage enrichment in small groups. The two are qualified: John is an associate… Read more

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