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Stagnaro Nails Probability, Ending the Fine Tuning Argument

April 22, AD2018 0 Comments
Stagnaro Nails Probability, Ending the Fine Tuning Argument

In an essay in the National Catholic Register, Angelo Stagnaro, in explaining probability, hit the nail on the head. In doing so, he nailed shut the coffin of the Fine Tuning argument for the existence of God, thereby ending it. He demonstrated that valid values of probability are based on a purely logical focus, not […]

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The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

April 16, AD2018 4 Comments
The Dispute on “Faith Alone”

My exploration of the “faith alone” controversy began in a discussion with a non-Catholic coworker. One morning, this friend asked me to go to his church the following Sunday, since his church was “far easier” than what he perceived the Catholic Church to be or require.  He indicated that all that was required to get to […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

April 12, AD2018 0 Comments
There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

The intellectual mood of our time could be best described as self-congratulatory. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was taken as fact that liberal democracies would sweep the globe. There was even a legitimate school of thought which believed we were witnessing “the end of history as such”. No more history, just one long […]

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Deaconesses, Never Deacons, Never Priestesses

March 25, AD2018 24 Comments
Deaconesses, Never Deacons, Never Priestesses

Some revolutionaries, who want the Church to attempt to confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on women,  point to this verse from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deaconess of the church which is at Cenchrea.” (Rom. 16:1) The Greek word they translate as “deaconess” is diakonos, which […]

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited and the Chitchat Apostolate

March 21, AD2018 1 Comment
Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited and the Chitchat Apostolate

  Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, a novel in dramatic form, revolves around a conversation between two men, Black and White, about the existence of God. White is a man in despair whom Black has just prevented from killing himself by jumping in front of an oncoming train. Black takes White home so that he […]

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The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

March 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

We Catholics are familiar with Lent as a time of fasting and penance. We are told every year that during this time we ought to abstain from a habit that is not beneficial for us and to take up a more fruitful spiritual practice. We are also obliged to abstain from meat and to fast. […]

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If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church

March 14, AD2018 6 Comments
If You Want Jesus, You Need the Church

There is a strand in American Christianity that is often called “me and Jesus” Christianity. To have Jesus, you don’t need the Church. You’ll most often find it in Protestantism, but it has also seeped its way into the Catholic Church. If you have ever heard anybody say that they love Jesus but hate the […]

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Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom

March 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Drawing Lessons from the Boardroom

Churches around the United States are disappearing.   Parishes consolidating, dwindling numbers of cradle Catholics that no longer attend Church, mixed signals from the leadership of the Church lead to a confusing situation for the Catholic Church. Several questions come up. What is happening?  How has it happened? Do we blame outside forces for the “failure” of […]

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Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

March 12, AD2018 9 Comments
Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

Some Catholic authors write as if they belong to a Church Beleaguered, not the Church Triumphant.  Articles tend to be either defensive or angry attacks against adversaries.  Many religious writers retreat, focusing only on like-minded souls, writing for a small, mutual admiration society. The rest are tempted to quit when it seems like the world is wearing […]

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On the Integration of Substantial Change, Creation, and Evolution

March 11, AD2018 5 Comments
On the Integration of Substantial Change, Creation, and Evolution

Substantial change, creation, and evolution are commonly acknowledged to be topics in philosophy, theology, and science, respectively. The integration of theology with philosophy within human knowledge is clearly manifest in Catholic seminary education, which places the study of philosophy prior to the study of theology. In contrast to philosophy and theology, which are primarily concerned […]

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Where is God’s Will?

March 5, AD2018 5 Comments
Where is God’s Will?

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” we pray in the Our Father. “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42), prayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. For someone seeking to live as a disciple of Christ, finding God’s will for our life is essential. It is something to keep learning about for […]

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The Joy of Being Catholic

February 28, AD2018 4 Comments
The Joy of Being Catholic

Anyone and everyone should be Catholic: God wants it because it is the best way to be a fulfilled human being. But how is someone Catholic?  What does it mean to be Catholic?  Who is a good Catholic?  If you were arrested for being Catholic, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Keep in mind that […]

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Rebellion or Reverence: A Consideration for the Church

February 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Rebellion or Reverence:  A Consideration for the Church

Even in this time of Lent in the Church, the world rolls on without any serious attention to God. Even within the Church, we often see more attention given to Fish Fry’s than we do Stations of the Cross. It’s a sad statement of our times that many appear to have chosen the wide path […]

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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 6 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

February 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, our country is in the midst of a cultural watershed moment. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a clear sense of direction about where to go from here and how to bring about lasting change. I am referring to the #MeToo movement and all of the revelations of […]

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Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

February 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

What does salvation mean? For a good part of my life, this particular doctrine was the subject of countless hours of contemplation and spiritual struggle. For some deep, divine reason salvation was my otherworldly wrestling partner, refusing to be bested, yet somehow still blessing me with its power to name and claim me as its […]

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The Question Crying For an Answer: Why Be Catholic?

February 2, AD2018 10 Comments
The Question Crying For an Answer: Why Be Catholic?

If you were on a committee to interview candidates for principal of a Catholic school, what question would you ask the candidates? I was on such a committee a few years ago. One of our first jobs was to decide which questions we would ask every candidate. My suggestion was: Why be Catholic? The other […]

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There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

January 30, AD2018 1 Comment
There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

My wife and I live in a small city, or actually more of a small to medium sized town with a population just slightly in excess of 29,500.  No matter where we drive in town we can find a few Christian churches – some large, some small, and some tiny storefronts. Out of curiosity, I […]

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Divine Roots of American Democracy

January 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Divine Roots of American Democracy

John Nepomucene Neumann On January 5 we celebrated the anniversary of the birthday to Heaven of the first and great American Saint, Mgr John Nepomucene Neumann, Bishop of Philadelphia. Born in Bohemia, to a German-Czech family, missionary to the USA, bishop at the age of 41, John Neumann erected in his bishoprics a large number […]

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The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

January 22, AD2018 2 Comments
The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

I propose to give the New Atheists, and specifically Richard Dawkins, a fair shake by elucidating the innovative philosophy implicit in the New Atheism and specifically in Richard Dawkins’ writings. Typical Assessment of the New Atheism According to its critics, the New Atheism fails to present any philosophical innovation. That explains why Edward Feser in […]

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The Bible Canon – 73 Books or 66 Books?

January 20, AD2018 3 Comments
The Bible Canon – 73 Books or 66 Books?

So why does the Catholic Bible have 73 books, while the Protestant Bible has only 66 books? Some Protestants believe that the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent in response to Luther’s Reformation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Original Catholic Canon In about 367 […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 9 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

January 11, AD2018 1 Comment
Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that knowledge of God for those without the Jewish faith, “is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear […]

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