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

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

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