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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 26 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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Can a Faithful Catholic Believe in Science?

January 9, AD2018 1 Comment
Can a Faithful Catholic Believe in Science?

INTRODUCTION In this post, I examine whether I, as a faithful Catholic, and as a scientist who holds that miracles are possible must believe that the Creation account given in Genesis is literally true, without modification, and thereby exclude what science tells us about common descent and cosmology. In a way, it’s the other side […]

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Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

December 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

In an effort to justify (and excuse) birth control and require those who conscientiously object to provide it to others, Planned Parenthood has come up with a cute little meme. As Christians everywhere traverse the dangerous territory of skewed morality, our rights to deeply held religious beliefs are being put to the test. The pro-abortion faction […]

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Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

December 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Christ Be Our Light! Reflections on Christmas, Chanukkah, and Strange Physics

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. First Letter of John 1:5 (KJV) And they made new holy vessels, and brought in the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. […]

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Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

December 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

In Laudato Si and many of his other public remarks, Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the rapid advances in technology and the implications for society. Now, some noteworthy secular voices, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and entrepreneur Bill Gates are echoing the Holy Father’s warnings with regard to the rapidly growing use of Artificial […]

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Book Review: Mike Aquilina’s “The Healing Imperative”

November 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Book Review: Mike Aquilina’s “The Healing Imperative”

Mike Aquilina is one of the most prolific Catholic authors today, having churned out over fifty books as well as numerous essays and articles. The title of his latest book is The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It (Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, $18.95). In this slim […]

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Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

November 16, AD2017 7 Comments
Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

Moses set before the people Life and Death; from another aspect, Intelligibility and Inanity. He urged them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). The Transcendentals Life and Intelligibility in this context refer to a single identity. They differ as logical, not real, distinctions. With Purpose, they form the triad of transcendentals. Each transcendental name refers fundamentally […]

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Virtue and Temperament

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Virtue and Temperament

Aristotle, who was continually interested in biological aspects of human behavior, made a distinction between “natural virtue” and “acquired virtue.” Natural virtue is related to basic biological inclinations, while virtue in the strict sense requires a rational application, often in the presence of difficulties, to develop habits of character. Aristotle and Hippocrates The authority regarding […]

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Wrinkles in Space – How Science Works, with a Perspective on Faith

November 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Wrinkles in Space – How Science Works, with a Perspective on Faith

“Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects.” – Dave Barry The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Rainier Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish for their work on detecting gravitational waves, “wrinkles in space”. For a detailed account of the award to these old guys […]

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Beauty: An Abundant, Impractical Encounter With God

November 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Beauty: An Abundant, Impractical Encounter With God

Being raised on a farm in rural South Dakota, I believe I understood simplicity and solitude from a young age. While my friends in town spent their summers together at the pool or on adventures, my summers were quieter, filled with reading and finding entertainment with my younger sister. Oddly, the beauty of where I […]

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Actually, You CAN Fast from Technology

October 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Actually, You CAN Fast from Technology

From the USCCB, we learn that “For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.”  There is only the […]

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The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

October 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

It’s curious how people who claim to have faith in science criticize Christians for believing in God based on faith. Yet, what science has to offer has become a belief system, itself (e.g. religion.) And this “religion” fails to offer any sound, unchanging, and omnipotent foundation. While science is supposed to be based upon logic, […]

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Was the World Made in Seven Days?

October 14, AD2017 1 Comment
Was the World Made in Seven Days?

Christianity has had a somewhat rocky relationship with science these last few centuries. While many people would argue that there are no real contradictions between our faith and genuine scientific findings, not everyone agrees. There are some who believe that several tenets of modern science, such as evolution and heliocentrism, contradict the teaching of Scripture. […]

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The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

October 8, AD2017 3 Comments
The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

Two years ago, my mother-in-law entered a hospice facility. She was afraid to die and afraid to be alone, so I stayed at the hospice center with her. One of her friends came everyday around noon to relieve me and then I’d go back later in the afternoon and stay the night. After about ten […]

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Did Neanderthals Have a Soul?

September 6, AD2017 29 Comments
Did Neanderthals Have a Soul?

The magisterium of the Church takes a direct interest in the question of evolution, because it touches on the conception of man, whom Revelation tells us is created in the image and likeness of God Pius XII underlined the essential point: if the origin of the human body comes through living matter which existed previously, the […]

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Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

August 14, AD2017 3 Comments
Living in the Mutable: Of Time and Eternity

Pope St. John Paul II begins the encyclical Fides et Ratio with the admonition “Know Yourself”. Most apparently, we are material creatures and as such are mutable. We change. Change is time. In contrast, God is immutable, eternally so. He does not change. This essay is a meditation on time, on our nature as material […]

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Plato, Miracles, and the Reality of Matter

July 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Plato, Miracles, and the Reality of Matter

Plato realized that the intelligible is immaterial by identifying a fundamental difference between the intelligible and the material. The intelligible is universal, while the material is particular. The concept of dog is universal: it applies to all dogs, whatever might be the medley of particular properties possessed by each material dog. Plato proposed that there […]

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Of Mice and Men, SHEEFs and Chimeras

July 1, AD2017 0 Comments
Of Mice and Men, SHEEFs and Chimeras

When scholars study a thing, they strive To kill it first, if it’s alive; Then they have the parts and they’ve lost the whole For the link that’s missing was the living soul. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part In his June 5 column titled, “Sympathy for the Devil,” Archbishop Charles Chaput observed […]

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The Catholic Church and Science

June 22, AD2017 7 Comments
The Catholic Church and Science

Many people erroneously believe that the dark ages were caused by the Catholic Church and its hatred of science/love of superstition, and its dominant control of the mind of man during what has been called the “medieval” or “dark ages.”  But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, just the opposite is true. […]

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Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation

June 14, AD2017 4 Comments
Continuing the Reconciliation of Evolution with Revelation

The purpose of revelation is not to confirm what man can know of material and immaterial things through his own natural capacity. The purpose is to inform man of the supernatural plan of God: “His will that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit and […]

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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

May 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Can Christians Believe in a Christ Without Miracles?

Do we really need to believe in certain miracles to be Christians? That is the question Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times asked Evangelical pastor Rev. Tim Keller and more recently former President Jimmy Carter. The answer Kristof seems to want is, “No, you can be skeptical about the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection […]

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Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

April 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Is The Church Out of Her League on the Environment?

Many continue to raise questions about the Church’s role and expertise in addressing environmental issues. Eyebrows were recently raised with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences workshop on “How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend” and with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) letter to the U.S. Secretary of State regarding environmental […]

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Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

The journey in one’s faith life provokes many questions. Some will ponder complex questions and others have more basic questions. We can be accidental or intentional philosophers—but we are all philosophers, directing our lives according to a philosophy we consider or fail to consider. Life’s questions and the search for meaning are nearly inescapable. Philosophy […]

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